#ArmMeWith Teachers That Don't Have Guns: What Do US Educators & Students REALLY Want?

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Looks like Trump’s proposal of arming school teachers to defend students against active shooters didn’t sit well with educators. Just take a look at Trump’s vocal tweet dated February 24:

"Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them. Very smart people. Must be firearms adept & have annual training. Should get yearly bonus. Shootings will not happen again - a big & very inexpensive deterrent. Up to States."

@realdonaldtrump

In response to this very straightforward proposal, US teachers followed with a smart reaction on social media. The educators used a hashtag #ArmMeWith to share their “weapon” of choice, but rather in their own purview. By now, 7000+ of educators have taken part in the flash mob.

Best #ArmMeWith Responses by US Teachers & Students

Here are just a few suggestions on what US educators would prefer to be armed with instead of a gun:

User @missbertels_ shared a post saying:

#ArmMeWith An entire country full of relentlessly passionate educators

 User @thesuperheroteacher sounded off with a post:

#ArmMeWith the resources & funding needed to help students experiencing mental health issues.

Camile Lofters @teachinginlilly added the following:

#ArmMeWith

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Time to teach what matters & less testing
  • Resources to provide meaningful and life changing learning experiences for my students
  • Pay that reflects my impact, devotion, & experience

Not only women, but also men stepped in expressing what they want instead of learning how to handle arms.

Jason Knoll @jlknoll, the teacher, veteran, and a candidate for Dane County Board also had his say in this ongoing discussion:

#ArmMeWith Books, not guns

The flashmob has even gotten to Betsy DeVos, who’s currently in charge of the U.S. Department of Education. For instance, Caitlin Shanley @scaits16 said:  

#ArmMeWith  A Secretary of Education dedicated to protecting the rights of ALL children and not just the ones she identifies with most

And finally, US students also had their say in the movement. Clearly, they aren’t fond of the idea of having an armed teacher around.

@digitaldivideconquer wrote:

#ArmMeWith Teachers that don’t have guns

Whether the US teachers and students will be heard or not, expressing their strong disagreement with the President’s view of things is a sign that must not be ignored. We’ll follow the story.

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Any questions or propositions?