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Teachers against bearing arms

Graphic by Jamie Black

By Jamie Black, Section Editor

A majority of teachers do not want to be armed, according to a survey after Gov. Scott signed a new gun law, in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, allowing some teachers to be armed if permitted by the local sheriff and school board.  On March 19, 10 days after the bill was signed, 48 of the 54 teachers at the school were surveyed. Forty-one teachers said that they would not want to be armed.

English teacher Marjorie Avery, who has been teaching for 31 years, is fiercely against being armed in her classroom.

“I’d rather quit first,” Avery said.

Mr. Nagy was also against being armed in spite of his experience..

“I’ve carried a gun and I have a concealed permit,” he said.

All seven teachers who said that they would want to be armed in the classroom asked to be anonymous.

One of them said that teachers who carry guns should receive proper training and not be identified to the public.

Senior Carly Barnard is against the idea of teachers being armed.

“Students only know their (teachers’) personality in the school, so you don’t know what makes them tick so anything could happen,” she said. “Kids could be more scared and not as open to learning if a teacher is armed.”

According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 10 states currently do not prohibit teachers with concealed carry permits to bring their guns to school.

On March 14, Seaside High School (Calif.) teacher Dennis Alexander’s gun accidentally went off, hitting the ceiling, when he was teaching a lesson about gun safety for an Administration of Justice class.

Posted: Apr. 16

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