Educators and legislators debate arming teachers in the classroom


Preston said though she has not posted on social media, she is following conversations associated with the #ArmMeWith movement.

FOX 2 reached out to the Missouri National Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and both organizations denounced the president's proposal.

Last week, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, went on a rampage at the high school in Parkland, Florida and gunned down 17 students and injured 14 others.

Brown says he doesn't believe Topeka Public Schools needs armed teachers because they have enough security, but he sees why smaller districts who aren't close to law enforcement would consider it as an alternative. "When you have seconds to act when you hear the code for an active shooter, is a teacher supposed to use those seconds getting her gun instead of getting her students to safety?"

Worker Marilyn MacKay assembles a rifle at the Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. gun factory in Newport, New Hampshire.

The president defended his proposal Friday.

Robert Morphew, a parent from Magnolia, Texas, would want strict guidelines, including for teachers to be trained and licensed, to support guns in his son's high school. "GREAT DETERRENT!" Trump said.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, who authored the bill that created the marshal program in 2013, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday that around 100 people have gone through school marshal training but they might not have completed certification.

Teachers across the United States have come up with an innovative campaign to reject President Donald Trump's controversial proposal of arming teachers with concealed guns and weapons.

Malfaro said the liability of arming teachers far outweighs the benefit, especially if a gun accidentally goes off or if a student gets hold of it.

"Right now, with the $60 million (funding) shortfall to begin with, they don't have money to buy copy paper for schools, they don't have money to buy supplies".

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But U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who made the rounds in the state Capitol on Thursday after appearing at the town hall Wednesday with Rubio and Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch, said allowing guns in schools is a awful idea.

Several teachers at Stoneman Douglas and the head of the county school system where the shooting took place said they were skeptical about Trump's suggestion.

McCracken isn't completely opposed to guns, just not in the hands of a teacher in the classroom. "We need more. We demand more for our students".

"I have a problem with it on a lot of levels", Falkowski said in an interview with CNN.

"Law enforcement officers are taught to engage anyone with a gun inside of a school as part of their protocol", said Chief Ron Brown, Topeka Public Schools Police.

A long-time Georgia Board of Education employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said she thought every school should employ one full-time officer per 200 students and that the officer should be on duty all day, every day. Wheaton, a former high school teacher who is now pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, designed the #ArmMeWith poster and partnered up with Bertels, a middle school English teacher.

"Am I supposed to get extra training now to serve and protect on top of educate these children?"

"I personally don't like guns, and don't feel confident in having one".

Joseph Connelly, a high school physics and chemistry teacher, took to Twitter to argue against the idea.

"It's insane and asinine to me this idea that we would add more guns into a social environment, nothing suggests that it's going to make anything safer and if anything, it's going to make things more unsafe", he said.

At least eight states allow, or don't specifically prohibit, concealed weapons in K-12 schools, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Policymakers, he said, "need to do their job and control guns first".