Community Survey: In wake of school shootings, should teachers be armed?

When it comes to making schools safer, arming teachers doesn’t appear to be the answer many of us are willing to embrace.

Some elected officials, including President Trump, have suggested arming trained teachers or school administrators after 17 people were slain in a school shooting in Florida last month. But the idea was not popular among 250 residents of Reporter Newspapers communities who responded to our latest survey. Conducted via cellphone, the survey is not scientific.

When asked what safety improvements should be made at our neighborhood schools from a list of six suggestions ranging from more police to better sidewalks, only 4 percent of the respondents chose to back the idea of issuing firearms to trained teachers or administrators. Just as many respondents thought no action was needed because their schools already are safe.

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