How can teachers do their job when they can never be sure that students in their classrooms aren't packing heat?
If that sounds like an exaggeration of the juvenile delinquency scare described in the classic 1950s film, "Blackboard Jungle," it is not. The problem of students bringing weapon to school is real and growing. Last week the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that one in five high school students sometimes carries a gun, knife or other weapon -- with the intention of using it if necessary. Among boys, the figure was nearly one in three.
The trend can be seen right here at home. Last Thursday, for example, Baltimore County police, alerted by a tip, arrested two teen-agers near Perry Hall High School and charged them with handgun violations after the pair allegedly admitted planning to "settle a score" with another student.