• Breanna Johns

Nation divided on issue of arming teachers

To some critics, the idea of arming teachers is a “terrible” or “ridiculous” idea. But all across the country teachers already bring their guns to school.

According to CNN, “In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the debate over whether teachers should carry guns in class has intensified. President Donald Trump is proposing bonuses for educators who undergo gun training. State lawmakers are beginning to consider legislation while school officials are pushing for an increase in classroom resources but not guns."

The state laws on guns in schools are different to each state, but many of those laws only apply to college campuses. However, there are some states that let teachers who have a carry permit bring guns to K-12 schools. According to the Giffords Law Center, those states which allow "people who have been granted a permit to carry a concealed weapon" into public K-12 schools include Alabama, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah. In addition, school employees in Wyoming are allowed to carry concealed weapons.

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, a school district in Arkansas trained dozens of their staff and teachers as “armed guards”.

Students at the Callisburg Independent School District in Texas say that they feel safer knowing that their teachers can protect them if something were to happen.

According to multiple sources, include The Hill, Politico, and the Washington Post, the majority of Americans support stricter gun laws. However, Americans are split on the topic of arming teachers; around 44 percent support arming teachers, but the issue is split along party lines.

“About four years ago the district, which is about 85 miles north of Dallas, started what's known as the 'guardian' program: a small force of volunteer school staff allowed to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds,” said school superintendent Steve Clugston.

In the past years, no fatal incidents have been reported involving teachers who have guns at school.