Georgia students are using the teacher-with-a-gun incident to challenge the notion that teachers should be armed
In the two weeks since a massive shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the survivors have rallied to show their support for gun control. And now, after a teacher at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia, fired a gun in an empty classroom yesterday, February 28th, Georgia students are following the Parkland survivors’ lead. In the aftermath of the shooting at their school, Dalton students took to Twitter to debunk the idea that arming teachers will save lives.
President Donald Trump has advocated for giving “gun-adept teachers” firearms since the Parkland shooting. He first mentioned the idea during a listening session with school shooting survivors on February 21st, and then reiterated his support for the proposal in tweets and at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23rd.
In the case of the Dalton incident, no students were shot, although one student did twist her ankle fleeing the school. But nevertheless, the Georgia students criticized the proposal set forth by Trump, saying that arming teachers is a bad idea.
Other Dalton students also asserted that teachers should not be given weapons.
The teacher who discharged the firearm in Dalton, Jesse Randal Davidson, has been arrested. According to the Miami Herald, he faces six charges, including aggravated assault with a gun.
What happened in Dalton shows, as many of these Georgia students tweeted, one of the many reasons why arming teachers is a bad idea. We applaud these students for standing up for their beliefs, and we hope the president and others will use this incident to bring about real change.