HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said Monday she's against arming teachers, a proposal that's come out following the Florida school shooting.
"An officer has to make a split second second decisions when someone is coming toward them, 'Do I shoot or do I not shoot?'" she said Monday, at a talk with students at Saint Francis School. "Remember, they go through training every year to make these types of decisions, the teachers don't."
The principal of the school, Sister Joan of Arc Souza, doesn't want teachers carrying guns either.
"I said to somebody over my dead body that's going to happen and they said that could happen, but I said no no. My teachers will not carry guns," she said.
In case of an active shooter, Ballard said rubber door stops to jam a door would offer more protection than teachers with guns.
She also said officers would go into a building to risk their own lives.
"If they hear shooting, they are going to come in and they are going to address the shooter," she said. "They are not going to wait outside for everyone to formulate a plan."
Ballard also spoke to students about her new position, and said she never dreamed of becoming a police officer. She studied to be a teacher and thought about being a veterinarian.
And when students asked whether her whether she'd been treated differently as a female police officer, she openly talked about being harassed.
She said she faced a "I hate women club" at the Honolulu Police Department, and she mentioned being angered after a lieutenant told her to get coffee.
"They asked me how high do you want to be. I said I think I want to be a captain," she said. "There were three men on the interview board and they all laughed at me."