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IPFS News Link • Education: Government Schools

Guns in school: It's not just an idea. Here's how some states are already doing it

•, Ashley May

orrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this story misstated the location of Fairview R-XI School District.

As U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos leads a commission tasked with examining ways to protect schools, including arming school personnel, will K-12 buildings swap "gun-free zone" signs for a more armed and dangerous message? 

White House officials, including President Trump himself, have said they would support offering federal funds for "rigorous firearms training" to qualified school employees.

It's a fiercely debated idea amid requests for stricter gun laws from student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll showed the majority of Americans don't want to arm teachers, but 42% of people said they should. As Florida looks at a proposal to arm its teachers, critics say it could create more problems, citing the 132 hours of training required — less than what basic police recruits receive.