By Kori Milroy
The recent Sandy Hook school massacre has brought about a nationwide focus on school safety and security. Ideas for improving security range from an across the board ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, to placing an armed guard in every school building. Some groups have called for teachers and/or administrators to be armed with guns or Tasers. What do teachers think about all this? [Click to download] Are they ready and willing to be armed? The nation’s two largest teachers’ unions released a statement opposing arming teachers, but some teachers have embraced the idea, filling up free firearms training sessions being offered in Ohio, Utah, and Texas.
On this episode of Teacher Talk, Chicago Public Schools teachers Conor Fitzsimmons and Jennifer Christiansen share their opinions on school safety and security, and the prospect of teachers carrying guns. Download the episode here or stream it below. to listen in on Kori, Conor’s, and Jennifer’s conversation about the vision, and add your own voice to the mix by leaving a comment here on the VIVA Teachers website, below this post.
This is the third installment of Teacher Talk, an ongoing series of conversations between teachers talking about education policy.