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7 Page B-2,The Taskegee News, March 22, 2018 Many believe arming teachers in schools not a viable solution By KYRAH STAFFORD'BANKS Discharging the firearm could Tuskegee News Intern have been avoided because deter- mining if a gun is loaded can be The recent shooting in Parkland, done visually. Fla. has seemed to start a chain re- I spoke with four students and all action. Since then, there have been of them felt that teachers having many cases of students not only guns is a terrible idea, based on bringing guns to school but shoot- reasons already mentioned. Two of ing them as well. those were students in the teaching Until the government can agree program and just thought of it as on a stricter gun law, there are unnecessary. They think that it is other precautions being discussed unsafe and could be a hassle trying and taken to prevent more school to keep it out of the way of stu- shootings, such as the one that hap- dents, which could also take the pened on Tuesday, March 20 in focus away from the education. Maryland. One precaution that has gotten Of course, students should not the most attention is the possibility know where the gun is kept, but of arming some teachers. The idea anything could happen if a student is that teachers be trained to use a finds out where the gun is. gun in case of a shooting and the I asked, "Until there is a new gun gun be kept in the classroom, law in place, how do you think schools can prevent shootings? Apparently, there are people who Metal detectors, along with strict think this is a good idea. But most security, were the top answers. One people, especially students, believe person suggested that schools the idea is terrible. A teacher could change their book bag regulations get frustrated one day and instead to clear or mesh makes it easier to of using the gun to protect stu- see into. dents, the teacher could use the Bringing awareness and serious- just simply mean sending a threat well. Talking with their stu lent or worst case scei ario, actually about how to handle tough situa- shooting a student. Students could tions as well as noticing strange be- gain access to the gun and use havior Can help prevent shootings. against a teacher, student -- or The school system must also keep anybody else. an eye on the students. Take bully- That easily puts us back at ing reports seriously by addressing square one. Also, a teacher could the bully, contacting parents and accidentally fire the firearm and even offering to counsel. harm a student. This is not something that can be The Washington Post recently re- resolved overnight, but it can be re" ported that a teacher in California, solved so that parents, teachers who is also a reserve police officer, and students can feel safe going to was teaching a public safety class school. when he "accidentally" shot a gun into the ceiling to make sure the Kyrah Stafford Banks is a gun was not loaded. The bullet rico- Tuskegee University student Grove cheted off of the ceiling and frag- Hill who is interning with The ments entered a male student's Tuskegee News for the spring se- neck. mester. Threadgill ( om Sumter County Head Start Center. In 1973 he moved to Macon County, first as teacher and coach at Tuskegee Public Middle School from 1973-74, and then at Deborah C. Wolfe High School from 1974-77. From 1977-81 he held a similar po- sition at Tuskegee Institute High School. In 1981 he accepted the position of teacher and head basketball coach teaching and coaching career, Threadgill's coaching legacy in- cluded: More than 900 wins coaching boys' and girls' basketball at varsity and JV levels. Two boys' state championships in 1987 and 1992; one girls' state championship in 2001; two state tournament runners-up. Nine Final 48 appearances, in- at Notasulga High School where he cluding three in a row in girls' bas- served through 2002. ketball. Notasulga in the 1960s and 1970s Nine consecutive Southeast Re- was a town with difficult integration gion appearances. issues. Those issues were overcome State Coach of the Year for boys by a community that came together, in 1987 and 1992 and for girls in Macon County Board of Education 2001, and six Region Coach of the member Karey Thompson recalled Year awards in boys' basketball and that situation in his letter, six in girls' basketball. "Dwight Sanderson and Buddy Coached both boys' and girls' Knapp, along with Principal Robert teams in the Alabama,Mississippi Anderson, became legendary leaders All-Star Game. at Notasulga, having navigated an Notasulga High School Gymna- uncharted journey of school desegre- slum was named in his honor. gation in the early 1970s not only in the athletic program but also in aca- Dr. Lenda Jo ConneU, who was the demic achievement and positive wife of the late principal Anderson, community relations. In 1974 a tele- said Threadgill's strong character vision crew (BBC/England) visited was the key. the campus of NHS, recording the "Character can be formed in many school's story and later aired to a ways," she said. "Coach Threadgill's afi [taleqnl d intorn{ f;' ' ' l l A; co-ce""t O m /b'rN tasttlg unshakeable character came from a rocK-solid tamlly who valued faith, cess. family and education leveled with a "In Notasulga, Coach Threadgill is good dose of humor! This is a dedi- viewed much the same as Sander- cated, strong family that has left son-Knapp-Anderson. If the Blue their mark and continues to leave Devils had a Mt. Rushmore, the four their mark on high school athletics mentioned would receive priority in the state of Alabama. placement. In 2014, in a combined "Coach Threadgill is the type of project, by act of the Macon County gentleman whom you want influenc- Commission, Macon County Board ing young people. A humble man, I of Education and Town of Nota- never heardhim say T. It was al- sulga, Notasulga High School hon- ways 'We' when referring to his ored the legendary coaches by many successful endeavors. Because naming the football stadium of his commitment, dedication, and Sanderson-Knapp Football Stadium willingness to work together, Nota- and the gym Obadiah Threadgill sulga High School stands today as a Gymnasium. NHS Principal Robert testament to men like Coach Anderson (deceased) will receive Threadgill, who believed that (edu- special recognition at a later date." cation-based) athletics could build young men and women and commu" When he retired after a 30-year nity." Five Years ( om Page B'l) August Tuskegee hosts EAYFL Jamboree, and league records its highest attendance for a jamboree in league history. OCT Director Drew, along with coordinators Jones and Piner, complete archery train- ing. Junior Tigers end regular sea- son. November Junior Tigers Freshman (6U) Cheerleaders win EAYFL Cheer competition while Junior Tigers Freshman Football (#2 seed) team defeat Tallasseein EAYFL championship game, becom- ing the leagues' first lower seed to win a championship. Junior Tigers Senior Cheerleaders place 3rd in EAYFL Cheer Championships. De- cember TPR receives Archery Grant from USAArchery for $3999.80 for equipment to start an archery program. 2016 February Tuskegee Parks and Recreation send four teams to ARPA (Alabama Recreation & Parks Asso- ciation) District V basketball tourna- ment. The 18U team places 2nd in the district and advances to the state tournament. The 18U basket- ban team wins sportsmanship award for District V. March The Tuskegee Flyers 18U basketball team, representing District V, make it to the semi-finals o'f the ARPA state basketball tournament. Coach Jerome.Temple is awarded another sportsmanship award for the 18U team. April Tuskegee Lady Tigers begin its softball season. Tuskegee Parks & Recreation receives a $10,000 Out-of-School Time Grant to fund its summer camp.May Tuskegee Parks & Recreation is informed that the pool will not open due to budget constraints. The Tuskegee Mus- tangs boys track team only sends 8 boys to compete in the District V track meet and places 3rd in ARPA District V track meet (finishing one point behind runner-up Auburn). Joseph Graham sets an ARPA state record for track in the standing long jump.June A public town hall is held to discuss the state of sum- mer recreation and to discuss ways to fund the opening of the pool. Pledges of over $10,000 are commit- ted by the public to fund the opening of the pool. The Nutrition and Sports Program Summer Camp is con- ducted. The Tuskegee Lady Tigers 15U softball team competes in ARPA District V tournament and place sec- ond. A July' Fair Tuskegee is held by Tuskegee Parks & Recreation at the football field at E.B Henderson Park. Tuskegee Native and former Auburn Tiger/New Orleans Saint standout v rfllie Whitehead sponsors a football camp at Henderson Park. City Redd holds his annual Kids Feat at the City Pool.August Sarah Head and Head Ministries sponsor a day of service at Green- fork Park. October Tuskegee Junior Tigers host their football homecoming. Tuskegee Parks & Recreation re- ceive a $1,000 grant from United States Volleyball Association and Moten Sports.November The Tuskegee Junior Tigers cheerleaders compete in the EAYFL (East Ala- bama Youth Football League) cheer competition, placing 1st in the 5 & 6 year old division and placing 2nd in the 7 & 8 year old division. Shan- taliyah Jackson wins jump off for 5 & 6 year old division and Traniya Crayton places 2nd in 7 & 8 year old jump off. In football competition, the 7 & 8 year old boys capture the league title, and the 5 & 6 year old boys lose in the title game. Coordi- nator Marcus Jones participates in ARPA LEAD camp.December Former Auburn Tiger and Dallas Cowboy Tommie Agee addresses local football players and cheerlead- ers during the Junior Tigers Foot- ball and Cheer Banquet. Director A.D. Drew is awarded 2016 Out- standing New Professional of the Year Award for ARPA District V ARPA District V promotes A.D. Drew to chair of recreational sports committee and names him chair of education committee. Jones is named co-chair of membership com- mittee. Western Creek Woden Dodgers compete against local bas- ketball teams to open TAYBL play. (See 2017 and 2018 in the March 29 edition of The Tuskegee News) Parks & Recreation in need of Softball Coaches If you or someone you know is interested in coaching girl's fast- pitch softball, please contact the Tuskegee Parks & Recreation Department at 334-226-1630 or register at their website, Coaches are needed for all youth ages, in- cluding t-ball. 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