I’m not defending most of this stupidity - it IS stupid and paranoid. However, just to play Devil’s Advocate, here’s the thing.
In the past twenty years, here’s what you expect teachers to be: Entertainers, Babysitters, Doctors, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Just Plain Therapists, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Police Officers, EMTs, Parents, Ministers, Role Models, Coaches, and Psychologists. Oh, and maybe do some teaching while they’re at it.
Now we get to add lawyers to the list - they get to decide when a threat is credible and when it isn’t, and how much is overreacting and how much is underreacting, all while under the constant scrutiny of people eager to announce they they’re a bunch of idiots who aren’t worthy of being educators. And I assume that, as with all the other professions we’ve nailed onto them, there will be no monetary compensation to address this increase in responsibilities?
I have no problems with schools doing whatever it takes to at least have their institutions somewhat resemble places where education happens. As I said, I am not defending most of these decisions, as they ARE stupid. But it seems that in regards to schools, the national pastime since Columbine has been putting them into no-win situations and bitching when they don’t win.