Union president: Arming teachers is an abominable idea

February 23, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The head of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association says that arming teachers is an abominable idea.

Megan Tuttle says educators didn’t enter the profession to carry guns to their workplace.

Tuttle said that NEA-NH, the state’s largest educators’ and education employee union, is convening a coalition of other education associations, first responders, parent groups, and mental health professionals to offer answers to school gun violence.

Lawmakers in several states are wrestling with the contentious idea of arming teachers, including Florida, where the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are being mourned.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a teacher adept at firearms “could very well end the attack very quickly.” He later suggested they receive bonuses for the added responsibility.

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