Teachers Told: Avoid Sensitive Topics, Students Armed


The University of Houston faculty senate is warning teachers to be careful when discussing "sensitive topics" or to drop the topics because students will be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus under a new Texas law that goes into effect in August.

A slideshow created by the faculty senate included tips such as: “Be careful discussing sensitive topics,” "Drop certain topics from your curriculum," "Not 'go there' if you sense anger" and "Limit student access off hours," notes RT.

"The faculty are increasingly unhappy with the law," Jonathan Snow, president of the faculty senate, told the UH Board of Regents in late February, notes the Houston Chronicle.

"I've been screamed at. I've been accused of complicity. It's been kind of rough," Snow added.

"Academics know the intrusion of gun culture into campus inevitably harms academic culture."

"It's an absolutely unfounded fear," Jacob Smith, a teacher and post-graduate student at UH, countered.

"It's really sad that it's coming from the faculty senate," Smith added. "As an academic, yes, you can have your theories and hypotheses, but you have to test those theories, you have to look empirically. We're running these experiments right now. We're seeing there's no evidence of this happening right now."

KSAT reported in December 2015 that there have been 13 incidents in which at least four people were killed in a gun attack in Texas since 1966. The TV station cited numbers from Stanford University's Mass Shootings in America database that found 218 people were killed or seriously injured in the shootings.

The UH Board of Regents can create gun-free zones on campus, but has not yet decided to do so.

Sources: RT, Houston Chronicle, KSAT / Photo credit: Brenda Hawkins/Twitter

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