Hundreds of teachers across the country are taking to social media to demand that they be armed with better pay, more books, school supplies, and increased funding for social services such as mental health after President Trump called to arm teachers in response to the Florida school shooting last week.
On Tuesday, teachers Olivia Bertels and Brittany Wheaton created the hashtag “#ArmWithMe” to push back against the “tone-deaf suggestions being made by lawmakers as a solution to America’s gun problem,” USA Today reported on Thursday.
First grade teacher Lindsey Paull wrote, “The day teachers are asked to carry guns in the classroom is the day I leave my dream job I’ve had since I was 16 years old. #ArmMeWith books because six year olds need to learn to read, not be scared in class.”
The day teachers are asked to carry guns in the classroom is the day I leave my dream job I’ve had since I was 16 years old. I don’t want to take away guns. I want control on them.#armmewith #enoughisenough #schoolsafetynow pic.twitter.com/XIHjWTSE7H
— Lindsey Paull (@Miss_Johnston5) February 21, 2018
The Hill added:
At a listening event with survivors of the Florida school shooting on Wednesday, President Trump suggested arming trained teachers because gun-free zones at schools invite school shootings.
Trump said the suspect in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed, was mentally ill and that neighbors and classmates knew he had behavior issues.
Michelle Horsham, a high school counselor, asked Trump to “#ArmMeWith enough counselors and social workers to meet the social and emotional needs of all students.”
— Michelle Horsham (@MichelleHorsham) February 21, 2018
“I should not be single-handedly keeping Target in business,” Allie Weber tweeted.
— Allie Weber (@MissMaryAllie) February 21, 2018
Jacob Leland wrote: “I’m a teacher. I don’t want a gun. I could use some more dry erase markers. Thanks for your time.”
Hi, I’m a teacher. I don’t want a gun. I could use some more dry erase markers. Thanks for your time.
— Jacob Leland (@mrdrleland) February 22, 2018