Teachers should be teaching, not acting as armed security guards, or receiving training to become sharpshooters.
CONCORD, NH – SEPTEMBER 22, 2022- The very last thing our schools need right now is to bring more weapons into them. But it appears that is exactly what Rep. Litchfield wants to do with her proposed legislation to arm New Hampshire’s teachers. Her legislation is extreme, out-of-step, and dangerous.
Arming teachers and other school personnel does nothing to prevent gun violence. In fact, a nationwide NEA survey found quite the contrary; educators would feel less safe if school personnel were armed.
“Most of us want the same thing – strong, quality public schools that give every student the freedom to reach their potential,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-New Hampshire President.
“Representative Litchfield’s bill ignores the needs of our students, their parents, and educators and instead tries to distract us by dragging right-wing culture wars into our community’s classrooms at a time when our students need our support the most.”
“We all agree that there are too many shootings in our nation’s schools, which is why New Hampshire’s elected officials should prioritize the safety of students and work to keep weapons of war out of our schools, not put our children at risk by bringing loaded guns into classrooms and hallways,” said Tuttle.
Parents and educators understand that the biggest challenges facing our students and our public schools are getting students the one-on-one support they need, addressing educator shortages, and ensuring students have the mental health services they need. They want legislators and candidates to address these issues and not bring political culture wars into classrooms just to score points with their base.