February 27, 2018

MAE OPPOSES SENATE EFFORT TO ARM TEACHERS

MAE STATEMENT ON SENATE VOTE TO ARM TEACHERS

“Today, HB 1083 was voted out of the Senate Judiciary A Committee with an amendment allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons into the schools. Having more guns in schools is not the answer to school safety. In fact, it is the opposite of making schools safer. The Mississippi Association of Educators vehemently opposes any measure to arm teachers. The role of teachers is to educate our children, not to act as armed guards. This should be left to professional law enforcement, who are skillfully trained for more than 12 hours, which is all the Senate Amendment currently mandates for teachers. We should let the teachers teach, and let trained law enforcement personnel provide protection to our children, teachers, and school administrators. Teachers are already charged with so many responsibilities outside their roles as educators — the idea that they should now be asked to serve as armed guards is ridiculous.”

JOYCE HELMICK, MAE President