Most Teachers Oppose Arming Educators and Fear a School Shooting, Says NEA Poll

Nearly three-quarters of educators oppose President Donald Trump’s push to arm school staff, and a clear majority also say working with armed school personnel would make them feel less safe, according to a poll of National Education Association members released Tuesday.

In addition, 82 percent of respondents said they would not carry a gun to school even if they had received firearms training and were allowed to do so.

The poll, conducted March 1-5 by GBA Strategies, surveyed 1,000 NEA members who work in schools, using both cell phones and land lines. The margin of error is 3 percentage points. The poll’s finding that most NEA members dislike the idea of arming school employees matches the message from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, who has blasted the Trump administration’s support for states that choose to arm educators. (You can watch a video of García discussing the idea on Monday at the top of the blog post.)

“Our teachers need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms,” García said in a statement accompanying the poll results.

The push by the administration is part of the president’s plan to address school safety that includes a federal task force—led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos—and support for the STOP School Violence Act. Click here to read more: