Trump’s Proposal For Armed Educators Baffles Illinois Teachers

Trump’s Proposal For Armed Educators Baffles Illinois Teachers

President Donald Trump tweeted on February 22nd, 2018 that he wanted “to look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best.”

In response to this, Illinois educators claimed this statement was outrageous. The Chicago Tribune quoted Jason Janczak, Gayslake Central High School’s social studies department chair, “If a kid is hellbent on shooting up a school, having an armed teacher is not going to stop them. Everyone is looking for a quicker, easier answer. But it’s not necessarily what’s in the best interest of our students.” Not only were Illinois teachers opposed to the idea, but Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel alongside Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson were also against the proposal. The Chicago Tribune reported Rahm Emanuel stating,

“We need more teachers in schools, more students who are not scared, so that they should be focused on not their fears but their studies. It’s ridiculous that you have a president of the United States introducing the concept that what schools need are armed teachers. I want to make sure our teachers are armed with education and text books.”

However, some Illinois teachers are in favor of the proposal. Many would believe that a gun would be more effective to save the lives of innocent students, rather than guarding someone’s life with a book.

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