Denfeld Teachers Respond to Idea of Arming Teachers in Classroom

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 08, 2018 12:10 PM

DULUTH - There has been a lot of debate nationally about whether to arm teachers in classrooms in light of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that killed 17 people.

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"I'd rather have somebody that loves their students and wants to protect their students than somebody standing outside that doesn't know anybody and doesn't know the students," President Donald Trump told ABC News on Feb. 23. 

Trump has recently voiced his support for arming specially trained teachers by allowing them to carry a concealed gun on them.      

"Gun free is an invitation for these crazy people to come in and shoot," Trump told ABC News on Feb. 23. "If there are guns inside held by the right people, by highly trained professionals, you're going to see this end," he told ABC News on Feb. 23.

Duluth Denfeld teachers Ethan Fisher, and Laurie Kovacovic are both against the idea of arming teachers. 

"I think it's ridiculous. I think it's a bad idea that lacks a lot of forethought," said Fisher, a social studies teacher at Denfeld.

Fisher says teachers have a job to educate students and not carry a gun.

"Arming teachers would confuse that. It would cause undue anxiety with students, not to mention teachers," said Fisher.

Fisher thinks that instead more money should be put towards mental health programs in schools.

Kovacovic, a world languages teacher at Denfeld, says the idea of arming teachers in schools is, "misguided," and "reactionary."

She says she does not think arming teachers is the solution to solving school violence.

"The thought of arming teachers perpetuates some of the problems that we're trying to solve," said Kovacovic.

She says teachers are trained to build relationships with teachers, not pull the trigger to shoot an intruder. 

Trump, however, says that teachers are the ones best fit to protect the students.

"A security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children." Trump told ABC News on Feb. 23. "The teachers love their children, they love their pupils, they love their students," he told ABC News on Feb. 23. 


Ryan Juntti

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