Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Trump's suggestion to arm teachers draws local fire

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This school in Claude Texas arms its teachers Trump's suggestion to arm teachers draws local fire
Anna Jefferson | 23 February, 2018, 23:10

President Trump's proposal to arm teachers in response to school shootings has touched off a national debate over whether it was feasible or safe to expect teachers and school staff to act as a deterrent or a first line of defense in the event of an active shooter.

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.

"Having a gun is a big responsibility", he said. You have issues of safeguarding the weapons, you have issues of training. "Law enforcement officers receive training and practice in evaluating quickly the risks of firing".

Mayor Bill de Blasio backed his commissioner's position: "I couldn't have said it better myself". Teachers, parents, and law enforcement members all agree something needs to be done now.

"We have school safety officers - and there are 5,300 of them - and we have a uniformed task force", O'Neill said. Virginia Tech had a police department.

Parents say preventive measures can even start at home. He urged activists to help Republicans in the fall midterm elections and heed his recent calls to address gun violence.

Trump raised the suggestion during a meeting with victims of the latest high school shooting on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time). Departing the White House for CPAC, Trump told reporters that "when it came time to get in there and do something", Florida deputy Scot Peterson "didn't have the courage or something happened".

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The president also pledging action talking about tougher background checks mental health screening, a ban on bump stocks, and raising the age of buying a gun from 18 to 21. We want to see if we can get it done.

"Abject breakdown on all levels": Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, .

Trump declined to reiterate his proposal to increase age restrictions for the purchase of firearms, an idea the NRA has opposed.

Still he is the exact type of individual who President Donald Trump believes could defend the nation's students.

"With more funding, schools can get more teachers to reduce class sizes and allow teachers to help their students. You don't solve the gun problem in schools by introducing more guns into schools". If you arm a teacher, what happens when that teacher comes up against somebody, a pupil, who is bigger than them, stronger than them, maybe schizophrenic, maybe having a amusing turn, I don't know, who then attacks that teacher physically.

Peck told CNN that he felt the training teachers now receive on how to recognize kids who need support is not in-depth enough.

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