Senator Chris Murphy is demanding a hearing on proposals to arm teachers in schools.
He’s insisting that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos testify at a committee hearing. There are reports the U.S. Department of Education is considering allowing school districts to use federal funds to buy guns for teachers.
“Guns in schools make those schools less safe. they put kids at risk. They may increase the profits of the gun industry. they may allow for gun companies to sell more guns. but they jeopardize the safety of our kids”, Murphy says.
“Schools need to be places where our students feel safe and welcome. They come and are ready to learn and they should not be turned into barracks or fortresses”, says Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell.
Devos has left it to congress to decide whether states can use the federal funds to buy guns for schools.