Thai teachers to be allowed guns: “School teachers in Thailand’s troubled southern provinces will be allowed to carry guns, the government has said. The move is one of a series of measures designed to keep education staff from leaving the violence-hit south. Many of the region’s teachers are thought to have either stopped working or demanded a transfer from the area.” (BBC)

What’s the big deal? I just learned yesterday from friends of mine in Cambridge, just across the river, that the principal of a public school in the neighborhood where I lived twenty-odd years ago, just above Lesley College and Harvard Law School, is also reportedly packing.