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CNY divided on issue of arming teachers in schools

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns in schools? (CNYCentral File Photo)

Should school teachers be armed?

It's a question that has been asked multiple times since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida back in February.

There are many opinions across central New York on the matter.

Parents at a Little League game at the Manlius Recreation Center on Monday evening weighed in with their comments.

Jillian Fiorni was watching her son play at the game. She said she is very passionate about safety in schools. But does she think having guns in schools is a good idea?

"I honestly don't know," Fiorni said.

Fiorni was hesitant and had many concerns thinking about her son's teacher having a gun in the classroom. She knows all of the proposals on the topic call for teachers to be well trained. But she has her doubts.

"Because you never know when somebody could be pushed too far. You just never know nowadays whats going to happen. It's so scary," she said.

Adam Fleischer has younger children. He said he would feel better knowing a teacher is armed. He said you just never know what could happen.

"I think as long as they are properly trained, it's a good idea," Fleischer said.

Chuck McKean took a different position.

"I'm absolutely not in favor of teachers being armed," he said.

McKean believes adding more guns is not the answer to school safety.

"I realize school safety is very important, very critical for our children for the community but I don't think more guns is the answer," McKean said.

Despite the difference over arms, many believed that schools in general should add more security measures.


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