In the state of Texas this happened, according to a school board member: "There was an accident involving one of the employees today."
This "accident"-- usually in the case of firearms calamities, it's negligence-- occurred during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class for teachers, because, as you can see, nothing says "safe" like having guns on campuses.
Leslie Goode, a school board member, said this didn't change his mind about arming teachers. Pshyeah, he didn't get shot, but a man who works in the maintenance department sure did.
The employee from the Van Independent School District had stayed for one-on-one training after class with the concealed handgun license training instructor on Tuesday when a mechanical malfunction with his weapon caused his gun to misfire, NBC affiliate KETK reported. The bullet ricocheted, striking the employee in the left leg; his injury was not life-threatening, the affiliate said.
What if that "malfunction" had happened in the classroom?
And hey! Who needs "bad guys" when the "good guys" shoot themselves?
Here's a bonus L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re “Glendale schools boost security,” Feb. 25
This weekend, Glendale will host its annual gun show at the Civic Auditorium, conveniently located near a skate park, schools and opening-day Little League fields. Seems to me if officials want to take steps to make Glendale schools safer, they could start at the heart of the problem, namely by making it more difficult to get more guns and ammo.
It's not a lack of security in our schools — it's the guns, this country's addiction to them and fear run amok that are threatening our communities.