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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ed Sec Betsy DeVos says schools have the option to arm teachers

Schools also have the option of providing printer paper, ink and toilet paper but because of a lack of resources many often choose not to.

This comes just days after the Trump administration announced plans to dramatically change the student loan process which will undoubtedly hurt current and former teachers.

From Forbes,

The budget maintains three principal student loan reforms from last year: reforming the income-driven repayment system, eliminating loan forgiveness for borrowers in public-service jobs, and eliminating subsidized student loans. Though estimates vary, these changes are likely to save several billion dollars per year.

Now they want teachers to carry guns as well?

From the Hill during a congressional hearing,

She was also asked about the idea of having teachers who are properly trained and know how to use weapons.
"I think this is an important issue for all states to grapple with and to tackle," she said during the interview. "They clearly have the opportunity and the option to do that. And there is, there are differences in how states approach this."
How different states approach this? Well she might be talking about bears because If you remember last year DeVos said some schools should have armed personnel because of bears.
From the Guardian, 
DeVos, a billionaire and Republican mega-donor, made the comments in response to a question from Chris Murphy, a senator from Connecticut who has led a push for stricter gun laws. Murphy, a Democrat, asked DeVos if she believed guns “have any place in or around schools?”
“I think that’s best left for locales and states to decide,” DeVos responded.
When pressed for a more definitive answer, Trump’s pick for education secretary cited a school in Wyoming surrounded by fences to protect children from grizzly bears.
“I think probably there, I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies,” DeVos said.
Um this woman being in charge seems more like a Monty Python sketch than reality. It's hard to imagine there is a less qualified person out there.
Luckily some politicians are pushing back.
From the Hill,
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday rebutted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's suggestion to arm teachers in order to prevent future school shootings. 
DeVos said in an interview Thursday that states could consider training and arming teachers as a way to stop school shootings. She made the comment while discussing a shooting at a high school in Florida on Wednesday that left 17 people dead. 
Asked on ABC's "This Week" about his thoughts on DeVos's statement, Murphy said there is no evidence to support arming people for self-defense against gunmen.
"There's zero evidence, empirical or anecdotal, that more guns leads to less gun crime," Murphy said in an interview on ABC's "This Week," following a Wednesday floor speech berating the Senate for inaction on gun control. "In fact, if you have a gun in your house, you are more likely to be shot by that gun than you are to use it on a perpetrator."  
Host Martha Raddatz pointed out that the armed guard on the high school campus never got the chance to respond to the teen gunman. 
"It's a wonderful story for the gun lobby to tell that if you just load up schools with weapons you'll be safer," Murphy continued. "All of the evidence suggests that homes and communities that have more weapons have more gun crimes, not less." 
Teachers as a group are under paid, over worked and stressed out as more and more of the job including continued employment has less and less to do with teaching. Now DeVos and others are suggesting Teachers be cops and carry guns too. 
Many teachers don't have safe places to put their purses or phones, let alone a gun. Imagine if that one kid every teacher has in their class came across the gun, or worse wanted to get it? 
Bottom line, arming teachers and expecting them to act as soldiers or the police is a bad idea and would undoubtedly lead to more tragedy and carnage.

1 comment:

  1. LoL they don't trust teachers to educate students now they want to arm them?? If something like this does come to pass I believe they should give all teachers hazardous duty pay similar to what soldiers receive on the S. Korean peninsula. Teachers that want to volunteer can apply for concealed weapons permits with proper training paid for by the NRA of course. The same NRA that provided the Parkland shooter with marksmanship training.