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Survey: Many Michigan teachers oppose arming school employees

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Members of the Michigan Education Association say they don’t want guns in class.

The state's largest teacher’s union found in a survey of a thousand members found a strong 71 percent of members oppose allowing school employees to carry concealed guns in schools and 67 percent of educators said allowing school personnel to carry firearms in schools would be ineffective at preventing gun violence in schools.

“This poll clearly demonstrates that teachers and support staff on the frontlines do not believe arming school employees will make schools safer – in fact, many of our members feel allowing more guns in schools will make them less safe,” said Paula Herbart, president of the Michigan Education Association. “Policymakers should listen to educators who work every day with students instead of pushing irresponsible proposals that would make our schools less safe.”

An overwhelming majority believes more money and resources for mental health counseling would prevent gun violence.\

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