Tennessee Teachers' Union Against Carrying Guns

Jan 7, 2013

The head of Tennessee’s largest teachers' union said she expects her board to take an official position against proposals that would allow teachers to carry guns. 

The Tennessean state lawmakers are considering the measure this legislative session in the wake of last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Several Tennessee lawmakers have drafted legislation that would encourage school districts to place at least one armed police officer in every school and would allow teachers who have undergone special training to bring their personal handguns into schools.  However, Tennessee Education Association president Gera Summerford says a quote "teacher's job is to nurture and teach," not to stop an intruder.  The gun issue is on the agenda for a TEA meeting in two weeks.