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The debate over arming school teachers

The debate over arming school teachers

"Any logically thinking person can envision a student intent on causing harm disarming a teacher and using that gun to kill people", Palm Beach County School Board member Frank Barbieri said.

"We're there to develop relationships with students, not to shoot intruders", Fennell, now executive director of the Nebraska State Education Association, said Thursday.

School security experts say the best defence against a school shooting are preventive measures meant to identify troubled students and intervene before they turn violent, not putting guns in the hands of teachers.

Galvano said the legislation will leave it up to each school district to decide whether they want to establish a Sentinel program.

Palm Beach County educators, parents and cops rejected President Donald Trump's call to arm certain teachers to deter school shootings, saying the proposal would make schools more risky, not safer.

Bertels, who teaches middle school English in Kansas, knew someone close to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The idea also has "practical problems" Rubio said in noting that law enforcement could have trouble distinguishing between an armed teacher and a school shooter.

Lincoln Public Schools said they have a resource officer in each high school who is armed.

Some state lawmakers have proposed letting teachers carry guns several times in recent years, always unsuccessfully.

Many schools already hire police officers or armed guards to patrol campuses with the help of federal money.

Although the deadline for introducing bills in the Nebraska Legislature has passed this year, Halloran said he would be interested in offering legislation next year to allow selected teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons.

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

The National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the teachers' union in Florida's Broward County, where last week's deadly rampage took place, have publicly denounced the idea of arming teachers.

"The discussion on teachers carrying guns is kind of a distraction from looking for a real solution", she said.

The armed personnel would serve as supplements to school resource officers, Galvano said, and would operate under the auspices of the sheriff's office. There are not enough childhood mental health services across the state, they said. He's not anti-guns, but he is anti guns in schools. The teacher was injured when the bullet struck a toilet and caused it to explode.

"If a Florida sheriff's "game-changer" plan is to arm teachers and train them to shoot at students shooting other students, maybe that's when we as a nation admit there's a problem that wasn't envisioned by the authors of the 2nd Amendment", Jolly wrote. She paid a fine and took a firearm safety class as part of a plea deal.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at fire arms, it could very well end the attack very quickly". "They should listen to teachers and students who are actually in the classroom every day". Judd started the program in 2016 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.

Sheriff Scott Israel also acknowledged that his office received 23 calls related to the suspected shooter going back a decade, including one past year that said he was collecting knives and guns, but may not have adequately followed up.

Similar debates are happening across the country.

Last week's school shooting in a Florida High School has made us once again question so much when it comes to security in our classrooms.

Republican leaders in the state House and Senate on Thursday said their plans would go farther than a simple concealed weapons license for educators.

"Our most valuable, most precious resources are our children. And if there is someone there with a weapon, they will be able to take down the assailant, or at least calm the situation", he told NPR.


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