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Should Houston Teachers Be Armed?

Pres. Trump reiterated his call to arm teachers while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Pres. Donald Trump’s speech at CPAC came at the end of a week that included meetings with students, teachers and officials on ways to bolster school safety.

As NPR has been reporting, Pres. Trump just reiterated a call for arming some teachers and school personnel. His comments came at the Conservative Political Action Conference today (Feb. 23).

His call comes in the wake of last week’s shooting at a Florida high school.

Should we arm our educators? And are there other ways to prevent school shootings?

Houston Matters discusses those questions with Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, Dr. Kristin Anderson, a psychology professor at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Chief Eric Blanchard,who heads up the Aransas Pass Police Department near Corpus Christi.

Houston Independent School District Statement:

The safety of our students and staff is the top priority of the Houston Independent School District. We continue to work on safety measures to provide a safe learning environment for students. Those measures do not include arming our educators or allowing them to come to our campuses armed, as their focus must always be instruction.

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