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Sign MEA's Online Petition Opposing More Guns in Schools

Mar 15, 2018

Since the Parkland shootings, some politicians have called for arming school employees as a means of addressing this crisis. At the national level, President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are championing the cause.  Here in Michigan, there are already bills in the House to allow concealed weapons in schools and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, is crafting others. In addition, Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, despite saying there are "some teachers who I wouldn't feel safe around if they had a butter knife, is working on bills that would put handguns in secure, hidden locations in schools for specially trained educators to access.

     MEA's position on this is clear in our Resolutions as adopted by members elected to our Board of Directors and Representative Assembly - a school is no place for a gun.  The cry to arm educators is a distraction from real solutions, like more school counselors and social workers, smaller class sizes, better school security measures and wraparound services to help students and families.

 Please CLICK HERE TO SIGN the online petition to oppose guns in schools and, instead, offer real solutions that school employees should be armed with to help students succeed in a safe environment.