Teachers everywhere are sharing far better solutions than guns in classrooms
In response to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Trump suggested teachers should receive gun training in order to be armed in their classrooms.
Because our teachers thankfully possess the capability for logic and reason where our president does not, they’ve started the #ArmMeWith movement in response.
Teachers are taking to social media to say HELL TO THE NO when it comes to being the kind of armed, dystopian educators the GOP seems to want them to be. Instead of arming them with guns and firearm training, they’re asking for something else: resources.
I stand with the #armmewith movement. This army of teachers has the ammunition to fight for our students and our colleagues, and we will not be silenced. #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofinsta #teachersofthegram #teachersofig #teachersoftpt #teacherspayteachers #iteach #iteachtoo #iteachk #iteachfirst #iteachsecond #iteachkinder #iteachwhatsyoursuperpower #teachyourheartout #teacherlife
These teachers know that adding even more guns to educational environments isn’t the answer here. So they’re spreading awareness about what they actually need: school supplies, mental health resources, better funding, curriculum improvements, and stronger gun control legislation.
— The Honorable (@BrotherFurious) February 23, 2018
According to Buzzfeed, the two teachers who began the movement, Brittany Wheaton, and Olivia Bertels, met via Instagram. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, they began asking teachers to share their personal thoughts on how they can promote effective classroom safety without compromising the education of their students.
Teachers everywhere joined the #ArmMeWith movement on Instagram and Twitter — and we need to listen to what they have to say.
This teacher Instagram community is amazing! I am so proud to stand beside my fellow teachers who will fight to ensure that guns are not placed in the hands of teachers. Our schools lack counselors, restorative justice professionals, psychologist and many other necessary positions due to the lack of funding. #armmewith more resources, professionals and time to spend with my students so that I can actually build meaningful relationships♥️
#armmewith 💪🏻💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿glue guns, not handguns so my students can express themselves 🖌 through their art 🖍and not through violence! And telling teachers they’d get a bonus for carrying one is insulting to every hardworking teacher in this country! #shame #neveragain #notonemore #teachersofinstagram #artteachersofinstagram #iteachtoo #kidsfirst
— Miss Ashley LaGrow (@MissLaGrow) February 22, 2018
Many educators also shared their thoughts on why arming them with guns is probably not the most effective solution to our nationwide mass shooting problem.
I AM A TEACHER. NOT A POLICE OFFICER, NOT A SOLIDER, NOT A BODY GUARD. I would risk my life to save my students but I would never keep a concealed gun in my classroom, nor use it EVER. #ArmMeWith TISSUE & PAPER TOWELS. that’s all, Please & Thank you.
— Bri (@Briiilea) February 23, 2018
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
— Eli Woody Scrivner (@EliWScrivner) February 23, 2018
Beyond classroom resources and funding requests, some teachers had a message for our country’s legislators.
#Armmewith is a movement by @thesuperheroteacher and @missbertels_ and I invite you to join in! Skip through my pics and post your own (I’ve included a blank template) or go to goo.go/52XggF to print your own out! . . . The Arm Me With movement is to make our leaders aware of what teachers really need in the classroom. As some of you know, I’m a gun owner and I can shoot a gun, but I do not believe guns belong anywhere near a classroom. Teachers have enough burdens and the classroom is an unpredictable place. Also teachers are outnumbered by kids 30:1 oftentimes. Guns are not the solution here, and I think they’d be catastrophic. Please flip through my ideal solutions and feel free to use the blank picture to create your own solution! . . . . . . #armwithme #schoolsafetynow #educatorsagainstgunviolence #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
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
“Since teachers are the individuals in the classroom when it happens, I like to think we know what’s best for our students,” Wheaton told Buzzfeed. “If you’re an educator, you know that [more guns] is not a solution to stopping the violence that’s happening in our schools.”
I am a teacher. Arm me. Arm me with funding for a full time school Psychologist. Arm me with funding and mandatory school counselors. Arm me by funding smaller class sizes so I can best get to know every one of my 160 students and their families. Arm us with what we NEED.
— Mrs. Heidi Bowman (@Mrsbowmanocsa) February 22, 2018