Austin ISD school board says teachers won't be armed
Following the deadly high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, there's a national debate on how to best secure schools.
This week, President Donald Trump announced he’s backing a proposal to arm more school employees.
Trump said school shootings will keep happening until schools become harder targets. The NRA is backing his plan.
The debate over whether to arm teachers is also sparking up in Austin.
AISD board president Kendall Pace tells CBS Austin there's no evidence armed teachers could stop an active shooter.
Pace said the district is constantly reviewing campus safety, especially in light of the shooting in Florida, but said the board agrees President Trump’s idea of arming teachers is a terrible idea.
“All of the comments that I’ve heard from teachers is that it’s not their job. That's ludicrous. It doesn't make them safer,” Pace said.
Pace argues gun-yielding on school campuses should be left to experts.
“We have armed SRO’s, student resource officers at every high school campus and SROs at every campus so it's not like there's not armed facilities,” Pace said.
Following a three-and-a-half-hour lockdown at Akins high school Thursday, parents there say something must be done.
“There needs to be a dialogue on how we can secure our students,” said Diana Carroll.
“How many kids have to get hurt? When is the next one going to happen?” said Raymond Smith.
Congressman Lloyd Doggett is calling on lawmakers to devote one day for members to present and get votes on gun safety proposals.
“I just want a moment. A single day,” Doggett said.
But, Doggett doesn’t think the solution includes teachers bearing arms.
“The idea that the teachers will have a gun in the drawer and will take care and protect people like this, it just doesn’t work that way,” Doggett said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is calling on all Texas school districts to take specific steps to keep campuses safe.
Those districts not in compliance within 45 days will be listed on the Texas Education Agency website.