Trump Has Another Idea to 'Harden' Schools

He thinks armed teachers should get bonuses
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2018 5:18 AM CST
Updated Feb 23, 2018 6:42 AM CST
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, center, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, look on as President Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety, in the...   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – President Trump has proposed a pay rise for teachers—armed ones, that is. The president said Thursday that arming teachers would make schools "hardened targets," and teachers who undergo weapons training and carry guns should get a bonus, CNN reports. "These people are cowards. They're not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns—it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I'd recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus," he said. The president slammed gun-free zones, saying they were like "ice cream" to killers. "They see that as such a beautiful target," he said. "They live for gun-free zones." More:

  • Teachers' union responds. American Federation of Teachers chief Randi Weingarten said union members aren't interested in Trump's proposal. "Teachers don't want to be armed," he said. "We want to teach. We don't want to be, and would never have the expertise needed to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15."

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