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viernes, 16 de marzo de 2018

Barron Trump’s school attacks Donald Trump’s position on gun control

When 11-year-old Barron Trump returns to school on Monday, he will be walking into an environment that has made it clear that his family isn’t welcome.

Robert Kosasky, the head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, made national headlines on Thursday when he joined 133 Washington-based educators in condemning President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a mechanism toward mitigating gun violence in schools.

The principal’s vocal condemnation of his father will surely make for an uncomfortable situation for young Barron.

Partisan principal

The coalition of educators drafted a letter, obtained by NY Daily News, calling for “a robust system of registration and background checks” in lieu of the president’s plan.

They wrote:

What we do not need is to arm our teachers with guns, which is dangerous and antithetical to our profession as educators.

Of course, teachers aren’t supposed to be grief counselors, establish medical triages, or serve as human shields protecting their students from gunfire, either. Yet, this is the reality confronting educators, and until people in authority like Principal Kosasky reach a consensus acknowledging these inescapable eventualities, students like Barron Trump will remain perpetually at risk of becoming victims of gun violence.

Still, administrators like Kosasky believe that the country’s youth, who walked out of their classrooms in vast numbers across the nation on Wednesday to protest gun violence, have the answers to these complex problems. The letter continued:

Students — children — who have experienced this trauma and loss firsthand are showing the way.

“Raised on gun violence”

After a 19-year-old shooter stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, killing 17 students and teachers in a Valentine’s Day massacre, fellow students went to the media with vocal demands for stricter gun control. The liberal media seized on these student protests, motivated by grief and youthful indiscretion, arguing that a “generation raised on gun violence” is somehow uniquely equipped to respond to multi-layered crises like school shootings.

Adults, too, have been forced to confront the brutal aftermath of school shootings. From the teachers slain in these horrific attacks to the grieving parents who are forced to bury their children after sending them off to school, grown people have also been affected by school gun violence.

Some of those impacted by school shootings have offered solutions to President Trump and agree that fixating on gun control is an imprudent and ineffective way to make schools safer, including Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the Parkland shooting.

“I’m about being productive and doing something that’s achievable right now,” Pollack told Fox News. “And what’s achievable is everyone getting together and making our schools safe.”

 Barron Trump against the world

Yet, Barron Trump’s principal, along with other educators in the nation’s capital, is sending the message that kids maintain a monopoly on moral outrage regarding gun violence. Kosasky is sending a message to Barron that he agrees with students across the country who have excoriated his father’s proposals to end gun violence.

It’s unlikely that the president and first lady will elect to move Barron to a less partisan institution in the D.C. area, since he’s been attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal for less than a year. Hopefully, his fellow students aren’t so cruel as to point out the very public confrontation between his principal and his father and chide him for it.

Realistically, however, it could be a long school year for the president’s son.