Opinions differ in Knox County on NRA school recommendations

Opinions differ in Knox County on NRA school security recommendations

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Knox County schools already approved the idea of an armed officer in every school. Knox County schools already approved the idea of an armed officer in every school.
"We're here to teach our kids, not to be a security guard," Knox County Education Association President Sherry Morgan said. "We're here to teach our kids, not to be a security guard," Knox County Education Association President Sherry Morgan said.
"I think custodians, gym teachers, at least a couple of the teachers should be trained in case of an emergency," said Roxanne Stocker. "I think custodians, gym teachers, at least a couple of the teachers should be trained in case of an emergency," said Roxanne Stocker.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The gun control debate is intensifying. The U.S. Senate is getting ready to take on the issue next week.

The National Rifle Association outlined on Tuesday a proposal for school security.

Some of the suggestions have already been discussed as options for Knox County's schools.

The study cost more than $1 million and made eight recommendations.

One is that schools should train teachers to carry guns. Another is to put an armed security officer in every school.

Knox County schools already approved the idea of an armed officer in every school. The officers are expected to begin the kind of training recommended by the NRA this summer.

But the other suggestion to arm teachers has already been discussed and dismissed locally.

Knox County Education Association President Sherry Morgan, who represents local teachers, says she does not want teachers to carry guns.

"We're here to teach our kids, not to be a security guard," Morgan said.

Some parents disagree.

"I think custodians, gym teachers, at least a couple of the teachers should be trained in case of an emergency," said Roxanne Stocker, a mother of three children. "It's going to take time for responders to get to the school, and by then you don't know how many people could be injured."

Morgan says the NRA'S pro-gun suggestions make her feel the playing field will be evened between a would-be intruder with a gun and students and school staff.

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