Behind Bars and Under Armed Guard Since Childhood: Education Department Seriously Considering Funding for Armed Teachers in Schools
WASHINGTON, DC – August 24, 2018
Education Secretary Betsey DeVos confirmed that her department is reportedly considering a proposal that would allow states to use federal grant funding to pay for armed teachers in schools. The New York Times was the first to report on it:
In its study, the Education Department determined that gun purchases can be classified as "improving school conditions." At least this is in line with the principles of the department’s employees.
Thus, the Department believes it encourages schools to expand access to students ’mental health programs, expand counseling, improve dropout prevention programs, reduce suspensions and expulsions and improve re-entry programs for students transitioning from the juvenile justice system.
However, events in Parkland, Florida and Santa Fe, Tex. were the impetus for exploring the issue of expanding the use of the support grants. The Department staff studied the video from the scene and requested information on alternatives.
Earlier this year the idea was discussed by DeVos as an option during a press conference.
"I think that’s a model that can be adopted and should be an option for schools, for states, for communities," DeVossaid.
President Trump also did not stand aside and took an active part in this discussion. In particular, he repeatedly called for armed guards, including qualified teachers, in schools.
"This is more about common sense," Trump said at the White House in February. "I’m talking about something where they’re there anyway, where they get a little extra money because they happen to carry, where they go for training every year."
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
Thus the soil is already prepared and sown. I believe that in the near future, in addition to the bars on the schools windows and fortified doors, we will see armed teachers and guards. So, step by step, we will prepare the children for a smooth relocation to prisons. Let them look to theirfuture from their childhood.