Educators and politicians rally to arm law enforcement rather than teachers

Several Broward County public school educators are rallying against new legislation that could arm teachers in the classroom. Among them are Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, as well as Broward Teachers Union leaders and local politicians including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Broward County Mayor Beam Furr.

In a gathering on Saturday in Tamarac, Wasserman-Schultz asked, “How could more guns be the solution to keeping people safe, to keeping people safe in our schools?” She also supports a ban on assault rifles, including the AR-15, which was the weapon used in the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead. According to Wasserman-Schultz, arming teachers could create confusion among law enforcement responding to an emergency call.

She explains, “In the chaotic situation that happened at Stoneman Douglas, that happened at Columbine, that has happened in every one of these situations, the police when they arrive have no idea who is the shooter and who is the teacher,” she said, adding that a teacher wielding a gun could result in “more death, more uncertainty and more chaos.”

Furr, a 25-year-long teacher, agrees with that perspective, and adds that the job description of school resource officers needs to be redefine to work with guidance counselors and school psychologists. Superintendent Runcie also agrees, and believes that weapons should only be increased within law enforcement. He says, “The real simple solution here is to provide funding for more school resource officers, train law enforcement officers, not place that burden on teachers.”

The subject of arming teachers has become a major topic of debate in the wake of the February 14 massacre in Parkland. The Florida State Legislature is considering legislation to address gun regulation. In a rare Saturday session, they rejected a proposal to place a two-year moratorium on the sale of AR-15 rifles such as the one used in the Stoneman Douglas shooting.

This is a developing story.

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