Friday, October 12, 2007

Douche Bag Of The Week (2nd Runner Up): Shirley Katz

Medford Oregon high school English teacher Shirley Katz insists she needs to take her pistol with her to work because she fears her ex-husband could show up and try to harm her. She's also worried about a Columbine-style attack. But Katz's district has barred teachers from bringing guns to school, so she is challenging the ban as unlawful, since Oregon is among states that allow people with a permit to carry concealed weapons into public buildings.

"This is primarily about my Second Amendment right and Oregon law and the simple fact that I know it is my right to carry that gun," said Katz, 44, sitting at the kitchen table of her home outside this city of 74,000. "I have that (concealed weapons) permit. I refuse to let my ex-husband bully me. And I am not going to let the school board bully me, either."

Superintendent Phil Long insists employees and students are safer without guns on campus at South Medford High School, where Katz teaches. The district plans to make that argument when the case comes before a judge.

Katz won't say whether she has ever taken her 9 mm Glock pistol to school, but she practices with it regularly and has thought about what she would do if she had to confront a gunman. She would be sure students were locked in nearby offices out of the line of fire, and she would be ready with her pistol.


michael sean morris said...

So now that she's been all up in the papers and her students know she may be packing heat, I can only hope when one of them steals it they'll know who to go for first.

Not that I enjoy feeling this way...

RG said...

"No Johnny. That's WRONG!" Blam! Blam! Blam! "Who would like to answer the next question?"

bc said...

She has the right to defend herself and her students. It's been shown repeatedly that schools and police can't prevent events like at Columbine and Virginia Tech. Gun-free zones are killing fields for wackos.