We all want our kids to be safe and able to learn in good and safe schools.
We know that guns don’t belong in our schools and will not make our kids safer. But some PA legislators have the misguided notion that arming our teachers is a good idea.
With good reason, teachers are against the idea of allowing teachers or school personnel to bring firearms into their schools. The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), and both the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association have issued strong statements opposing such laws.
At least two major PA studies on the issue have rejected the idea of arming teachers and other nonsecurity personnel. A 2013 Joint State Government Commission on Violence report “strongly opposed” arming non-law enforcement personnel in schools because “parameters for use of the weapons would only be as good as the person entrusted to carry one.” It also cited concerns about students accessing the firearms, and about teachers being mistaken for suspects during any active shooter situations. Another study from 2014, conducted by the Pennsylvania House Select Committee on School Safety, did not recommend arming general school personnel.
Can you write to your legislator now and tell him or her that guns don’t belong in schools?