Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns

Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns

"I became a teacher because I believe in the power of knowledge".

In the aftermath of yet another mass school shooting, the idea of arming teachers continues to divide educators, parents and the public in search of a solution.

Citing a statistic she learned from her teacher, 14-year-old Avery Smith said the thought of having armed teachers was idiotic.

Texas laws allow certain teachers to bring guns onto school property, but the number who do is largely kept secret.

Ms. Warren, who is in her first year of teaching, worries that placing guns in schools would harm students. "It's an NRA talking point aimed at appeasing a powerful political constituency", Watson said. The district also added alarms to outside doors in case they're left propped open, while schools regularly practice safety drills.

Mr. Trump's idea is not new.

Or perhaps the moment will fizzle, as it has before, most notably in 2012 in the wake of the gun slaughter of 20 young children and six staff members at their school in Newtown, Conn. The nation's largest education organizations immediately rejected it.

Using the hashtag #ArmMeWith, the teachers have requested time, resources, books, art supplies, respect and reasonable gun laws to help them deal with the crisis of gun violence in schools and get on with their job of educating children.

The DeSoto County Schools Superintendent and a teacher spoke exclusively with Local 24's Tish Clark about the President's suggestion.

"I don't support that", Rubio said.

"I'm OK with using retired law enforcement or retired military, obviously with the right training and credentials, to make sure we secure our schools". "We surround and protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at schools that are so-called 'gun-free zones'".

Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns
Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns

"This is a top priority, we will keep our students, teachers and school staff safe".

But others, including the president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, called arming teachers a frightful idea and said an educator's handgun would be no match for the assault-style weapons often wielded by attackers.

"Arm me with mental health experts that can come in, arm me with more counselors", Melinda Maulucci, a teacher at Sierra High School said. A CBS News poll showed 44 percent of respondents favored allowing more teachers and school officials to carry guns and 50 percent opposed, though Republicans were more strongly for it and Democrats against it.

"The vast majority of school personnel are uninterested in carrying a weapon into a building full of hundreds or thousands of children each day", Bertels said. I heard my own concerns reflected in the voices of my friends, students and colleagues: what should we do next?

Wayne LaPierre, leader of the National Rifle Association, didn't directly address the issue in a speech Thursday.

And some members of law enforcement who were at the town hall aren't big fans of the idea either.

Moore said the committee will look at a myriad of issues and get feedback from school districts and law enforcement. But, he said, he would never want a teacher armed on campus.

In order to carry concealed weapons, teachers would need to go through extensive training and be committed to the lifestyle of carrying a gun.

"There's a lot of teachers who are under a lot of stress".

"I'm a teacher who qualified in the military on the rifle, handgun, light machine gun, heavy machine gun, grenade launcher, automatic grenade launcher, bayonet and hand grenade", Connelly said.

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