Responses Arise Over Guards Carrying Guns In Virginia Schools | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Responses Arise Over Guards Carrying Guns In Virginia Schools

Play associated audio

The head of Virginia's Education Association is weighing in on the subject of security, responding to legislative proposals to put guards and guns into schools.

Virginia's governor has said it might be wise to put armed guards into public schools to try and prevent future shootings, but the head of the VEA, which represents teachers in the Commonwealth, is skeptical about that idea.

"We're certainly not in favor of arming our teachers," he says. "You know there's a reason that prison guards don't carry weapons, and that's a very stark kind of contrast, but there is that danger if you have adults in a school building that are carrying weapons as to how well are they going to be able to control those weapons and keep them out of students or any other adults' hands."

Meg Gruber thinks many legislative proposals are desperate measure in response to Newtown, and she believes armed guards would create a climate that's not ideal for learning.

NPR

After 20 Years On 'The Job,' NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.
NPR

5 Million Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.
NPR

Senate Deal On Human Trafficking Bill Ends Gridlock On Lynch Vote

Senate negotiators reached a deal Tuesday on an anti-human trafficking bill, which is expected to pave the way for the Senate to finally vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination for Attorney General.
NPR

Google's New Search Algorithm Stokes Fears Of "Mobilegeddon"

This week, Google started prioritizing mobile-friendly websites in Google searches made on a smartphone. The change could hurt businesses whose sites don't pass Google's mobile-ready test.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.