Teachers with guns? NYSUT calls proposal ‘misguided’

A proposal to allow educators to carry concealed firearms in schools isn’t supported by the state’s powerful teachers union.

New York State United Teachers opposes arming educators in schools. The proposal, which is supported by President Donald Trump, is one of many ideas floated to address school safety.

Trump also suggested that there could be incentives for teachers who carry guns in schools.

Andy Pallotta, president of New York State United Teachers, said arming teachers will not boost school safety.

“Schools must remain sanctuaries for learning and places where parents and the community know that their children are safe,” he said. “It is misguided to think, however, that more guns in a school — in the presence of children, and in the hands of educators who don’t want them — is an answer.”

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