The Pennsylvania Senate is considering a plan to allow teachers and other school employees with permits to carry guns at work.
Supporters say it’s about keeping kids safe, while opponents are worried the measure would do just the opposite.
Senate Bill 383 is sponsored by State Sen. Donald White (R-Armstrong), who said it would give schools more options for protecting students.
He added that it could be particularly helpful for rural districts that are far from police stations and might not employ security guards.
“This is just one more tool to help them — if they see fit — to protect their families,” he said.
But the measure has received considerable backlash from gun control and teachers’ groups.
Many — like Shira Goodman, with CeaseFire PA — say arming school employees would be an unnecessary liability.
“If you can’t afford a school armed security guard, how are you going to afford the insurance to have armed teachers?” she asked. “It doesn’t make any sense.’
“If we want to spend money on these kinds of things, that’s what we should be giving money on,” she added. “Security assessments, better communication with police, and maybe more money for security guards and school resource officers.”