Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Michiana reacts to Trump's idea to arm teachers

Michiana reacts to Trump's idea to arm teachers

The teachers love their children. The two women have significant followings on Instagram, so they chose to use their social media power for good by creating a hashtag where teachers could "demand their voices be heard" regarding guns in the classroom.

Teachers across the country have joined forces under the hashtag #ArmMeWith to share what they would prefer to be armed with instead of a gun.

Of the 17 victims of the deadly Florida shooting, three were adults: an assistant football coach who threw himself in front of students to protect them from oncoming bullets, a geography teacher who was ushering students back into his classroom and an athletic director ran toward the shooting in an attempt to disarm the shooter. She told USA TODAY that she and Wheaton started #ArmMeWith to combat the "absurd notion being espoused by largely NRA-funded politicians" that arming teachers will keep schools safe.

"The Derry Cooperative School District continues to be vigilant and work in collaboration with the Derry Police Department, Derry Fire Department, families and the greater Derry community to maximize student and staff safety", Interim Derry Superintendent MaryAnn Connors Krikorian said in a statement.

The bill proposes to let individual school districts decide if teachers would be allowed to carry a firearm. If you have a concealed carry permit that's a misdemeanor. "We don't want to be, and would never have the expertise needed to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15". A "gun free" school is a magnet for bad people. They are school employees with special training and authority of peace officers.


But South Carolina Senator Tim Scott already has an answer to whether teachers should be armed while instructing. But they have kept suspicious people from entering those buildings. Villalba told the American-Statesman this week he wants to expand the program.

The union leaders also agree the best way to prevent shootings by loner student gunmen is to invest in programs to identify and connect them with the services they need before they feel like causing violence. About 57 per cent of public schools in the 2015/2016 school year had security staff on campus at least once a week and almost 43 per cent were patrolled by armed law enforcement officers, according to federal data. Elementary schools have no permanent police presence. Many districts also conduct drills regularly, including lockdowns due to a shooter. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten blasted the idea: "Teachers don't want to be armed, we want to teach", she said.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, criticized Trump's proposal, saying it simply parrots what the National Rifle Association wants.

But arming teachers was the hot-button issue Thursday. Bailey said. "And yet we do". "Copsync 911 is still in place and hopefully we never have to use it".

District 204 officials said they've not discussed arming teachers; District 203 says it does not publicly discuss its security plans or procedures. "I have yet to talk to a teacher who isn't feeling this and isn't asking for more support", he said. "Knowing that, I made a decision to start the #armmewith movement, where ACTUAL teachers give their solutions to what's happening".

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