G Is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America

27+ min. Kate Way & Julie Akeret, dist. by Bullfrog Films, www.bullfrogfilms.com. 2018. DVD ISBN 9781948745086. $225 (Rental: $85). Public performance; SDH subtitles. ED
OrangeReviewStarThis short, powerful film examines one of the most controversial subjects today—arming teachers and other school personnel. The focus here is on the program in Sidney, OH, that trains school staff to use guns for protection of the building and the students. The impetus, origin, structure, and training of the program are analyzed. Viewers hear from many stakeholders: board members, principals, educators, and students. There are also statements from important townspeople such as the sheriff who initiated the campaign. Filmmakers Way and Akeret have presented many points of view, keeping the conversation balanced.
VERDICT This film will spark much discussion especially if it were shown to combined groups of school personnel and parents or school staff and law enforcement agents. Highly recommended as a tool for beginning a rational discourse about this measure to keep schools safe.

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