Baltimore Teachers Union slams Trump's firearms proposal

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - The Baltimore Teachers Union wants Governor Larry Hogan to denounce the president's plan to arm teachers and reject any federal dollars for arming teachers.

President Marietta English released a statement Tuesday calling on the governor to reject the School Safety Plan.

The statement said:

"For weeks we have heard from students, parents, educators and community members here in Baltimore City and across the country that they don't want guns in our schools. What they do want is common sense gun laws. The Trump administration’s willingness to remain disconnected from the needs of millions of public school students, parents and educators is dangerous and is now more apparent than ever. Guns should not be in our classrooms, period. And the last person we want to lead a commission on school violence prevention is Betsy DeVos. On Sunday evening's airing of 60 Minutes, her ignorance was on full display. She continues to show a complete disregard for the successes and challenges of our nations' public schools.

Enough is enough - it is time for the administration to stop kicking the can down the road when it comes to common sense gun legislation and keeping our children safe.

The Baltimore Teachers Union is demanding that Governor Larry Hogan denounce the Trump administration’s proposal, and that he refuses to accept any federal dollars to support arming teachers here in Baltimore City and across the state of Maryland."

Governor Larry Hogan said that he opposes President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers and instead wants to bolster school safety by adding more metal detectors, panic buttons, security cameras and secure doors and windows in schools across the state."

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