- A Las Vegas teacher expressed their fears for their safety in the classroom.
- The teacher told KVVU-TV that they bring a bulletproof vest to class.
- “My biggest fear is something happens in the classroom that I have no control over,” the teacher said.
A Nevada teacher has reportedly invested in a bulletproof vest as fears heighten among educators following the mass shooting in Uvalde earlier this year that left nearly two dozen dead.
The teacher expressed their anxieties during an exclusive interview with local news station KVVU-TV. The educator, who was not named in the report, told the outlet that they don’t feel prepped for the upcoming school year even after their active shooting training over the summer.
“It made me realize how dangerous being in the classroom or being in a school is and how easy it is for people to hurt these kids or employees at schools,” the teacher told the outlet.
Additionally, the teacher said that their peers are also looking into bringing a bulletproof vest to the classroom.
“I’ve talked to several teachers that are either thinking about it or who have already done it because we’re all scared of that,” the teacher told KVVU-TV. “So if somebody was coming into the classroom, I was expected to be the brave one, the one that is protecting the kids at all costs.”
The fears among educators come after the tragedy at Robb Elementary, where a gunman fatally shot 19 children and two teachers. The shooting was marked as one of the deadliest shootings in modern US History.
Following the shooting, the family of the two deceased teachers, identified as Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, said that they both died trying to protect their students. The incident was met with amplified calls for stricter gun laws. During the interview with KVVU-TV, the teacher urged the administration to provide more security resources for the school.
“My biggest fear is, something happens in the classroom that I have no control over, and somebody getting hurt because of that,” the teacher told the outlet.