By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– As President Donald Trump recommends that some teachers should carry guns in schools, local teachers’ unions are criticizing the proposal.

Teachers are prepared to take drastic action across the state, nearly a month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The Baltimore City Teachers Union aren’t the only ones expressing concern. Across the county, some teachers say they will walk off the job if teachers are allowed to carry guns in schools.

“We have to harden our schools, not soften them up,” Trump said recently.

The Baltimore City Teachers Union says “guns should not be in our classrooms, period.”

The group has also called on Gov. Larry Hogan to denounce the president’s plan and reject any federal dollars to carry out the proposal.

“I’m opposed to the president’s proposal on arming teachers. I don’t think we should be handing out guns to drama teachers and biology teachers,” Gov. Hogan said.

In Baltimore County, the teachers’ union says the majority of its members reject the idea of teachers carrying guns in class.

“Our teachers did not sign up to be armed guards in school and most teachers do not want to go anywhere near having guns,” said Abby Beytin of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County.

As the adults consider ways to keep schools safe, students have also become very vocal. They’ve planned walk-outs from their schools in Maryland and across the country.

RELATED: ACLU Receives Dozens Of Calls About School Walkouts; Urges Student To Know Md. Law

Harford County says it cannot condone the walkouts because it may be unsafe for students, but other districts are supporting students who plan to leave their buildings.

Wednesday’s walkouts will be similar to other events which focus on safer schools and gun control.

The walkouts are expected to last 17 minutes for the 17 victims. Some districts that oppose the walkouts have planned alternative events inside the schools.

Following Wednesday’s protest, student activists will turn their attention to the “March of Our Lives” movement planned for later this month in Washington D.C.

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Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (8)
  1. They hate guns more than they love children.

  2. These are Teachers in Baltimore. A city with more than 340 murders in 2017. Teachers, if you don’t want to be near guns, then may I suggest that you live and work in the WRONG TOWN.

    Ultimately, nobody wants to force Teachers to carry if they don’t want to . Owning and carrying a gun should ALWAYS be a free personal choice. But you CANNOT reasonably and sanely expect to be able to demand that no guns be around you ever anywhere. That is just childish and foolish. Never forget, plenty of teachers carry concealed RIGHT NOW. Some within the law and some outside of it. Because they care more for the lives of their students than for politics and optics.

  3. Henry Zee says:

    I am a concealed-carry permit holder in another state, and have also had some private, advanced training in the defensive use of handguns. As noted by Mr. Mooney, above, no teacher should ever be “tasked”with carrying a concealed weapon in the classroom against his/her will. I have no objection to a teacher who has been qualified for a concealed-carry permit in her/his state if he/she wishes to “carry” at school, but I see numerous potential problems with this; in particular, how are uniformed law-enforcement officers supposed to differentiate teachers dressed in “plain clothes” and carrying guns from the “active shooters” who are also carrying guns. I see only VERY LIMITED APPLICABILITY for armed teachers, as in a teacher barricaded in a classroom with a bunch of scared students, waiting for properly identified and uniformed police to arrive at the door.

    The notion of armed teachers “ hunting down” an active shooter in tandem with the police is fraught with danger to innocents.

    PS:I’m also a Life Member of the NRA, for what it’s worth.

  4. From what I’ve been reading about Baltimore recently, they’re only concerned about BLM and don’t really give a rat’s butt about BL…….Nobody is forcing these teachers to arm themselves and they know it. It’s just a political excuse to ignore their job responsibilities and walk off the job…….They’re the product of LBJ’s “Great Society”………..

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