‘It’s really scary’; Parent and student react to possibility of more teachers carrying guns
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - In the wake of mass shootings across the country many people are asking, how can schools keep students safe?
Since the beginning of the year, police across America have investigated nearly 250 mass shootings. In fact, in 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that gun violence has overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of death for children in America.
Tammy Collier is a parent at Northwest Allen County Schools and she says this has been an ongoing concern for her family.
“It’s really scary and I feel back that It’s taking away the childhood from our students,” Collier said. “They no longer worry about academics, athletics, they have to worry about staying alive.”
Her daughter, Ella Collier, is a junior at Carroll High School. She says each time a mass shooting happens inside a school, she feels more scared to be in her classrooms.
“It makes me uncomfortable knowing this could happen. It makes me very scared, all the students are very scared,” Ella said. “It makes me have a lot of anxiety and not being able to focus on my academics. It makes me very nervous to be sitting in school knowing this could happen.”
Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine showed support for a bill that would allow teachers to carry a gun in their classroom. It requires them to get consent from their district and they must attend a certain amount of training before than can carry.
However, the law already exists in Indiana. It says, generally, people aren’t allowed to carry a gun on school property unless the district specifically authorizes them. No training is required though in Indiana. Otherwise, the law says only school resource officers may be armed.
Collier says she doesn’t believe arming teachers is the answer.
“It makes me uncomfortable and sad that teachers have to worry about arming themselves,” Collier said.
Her daughter Ella agrees. They say they would prefer to see more school resource officers in schools.
“Day to day I see a lot of resource officers and that makes me feel a lot better,” Ella said “My main want is to feel safe at school and not have to worry about this.”
Fort Wayne’s NBC News reached out to a spokesperson at NACS about the topic. They say the district does not allow teachers to carry guns and they have full confidence in their school resource officers as a vital part of their safety.
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