After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting took place on Feb. 14, President Donald Trump had proposed a much debated idea-arming teachers with guns.
This cannot be the solution to the problem.
According to vex.com, in order to carry a gun, teachers would have to go through 132 hours of training and have to become sworn in as officers. This process should be reserved for cops or security guards, not algebra or science teachers.
Additionally, Trump proposed 20 percent of all teachers would carry guns. This would be endangering approximately 640,000 classrooms. Teachers sign up for teaching students, not for lethal weapons training.
Some critics may argue qualified teachers in possession of guns will strengthen the safety of our schools and lessen the threat of attacks. Nonetheless, the potential dangers guns in the classroom pose on teachers and students outweighs any benefits.
There are safer and more effective ways students and schools can be protected. Another proposed idea in the bill supporting the “school Marshall” program (training teachers to have guns) is moving the age to purchase assault weapons from 18 to 21. Florida governor Rick Scott has already enforced this new law in Florida. For language arts teacher Dyan Barefoot, who also does not support the idea of teachers having guns, other safety precautions could be taken. This could include things such as extra officers or hiring veterans or having them volunteer. There are so many ways to better secure school safety, and teachers carrying guns is not one of them.