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Walker rules out arming teachers, provides other ideas for school security

Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 18:14:44-05

Gov. Scott Walker has come out against putting guns in the hands of teachers to defend against school shooters.

During a news conference on Thursday morning, Walker made no mention of pushing for gun policy changes at the state level, rather focusing on securing schools without putting that responsibility on teachers.

The Florida school shooting has people looking for solutions to keep kids safe, but Walker is splitting with Wisconsin's attorney general and President Donald Trump on the idea to give guns to teachers.

"To me, having talked to enough teachers out there, they want secure schools, but they don't want to be the ones responsible for that," Walker said.

Just last week, WTMJ Radio organized superintendents representing local school districts to talk about the proposal. All of whom in attendance were on the same page.

"To introduce a gun into a school again I think that would be a grave mistake," said Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver. "Guns don't belong in schools."

Walker says he'd rather focus on school safety reform, likening enhanced security to that of airline security measures taken after 9/11.

"At the time, people complained about the added burden in terms of going through security and today those are commonplace," Walker said.

While remaining mum on most specifics, Walker said one thing is clear, there's a need for additional staffing to secure Wisconsin schools.

"No child, no student in the state, no teacher, no parent, no one who enters a school should ever have to be afraid," he said.

Walker said this comprehensive school security plan would need support from educators, law enforcement and lawmakers before releasing all of the details.