I am a 68-year-old army veteran married to a high school math teacher who retired after 33 years in the classroom.

In 1975, my wife's assistant principal was shot and killed at a football game by a teacher from the opposing team's school. I have attended end-of-the-year parties, where I observe teachers who were so burned out that their safety and well-being was a concern.

I believe I could give many reasons why arming teachers is not wise, but I will just say that I am praying for teachers and their students.

John Burrell

Tampa, Fla.