School Safety Commission recommends arming staff (VIDEO)
By Christen Smith
The president’s Federal Commission on School Safety said this week districts should arm trained personnel if they want to, cautioning there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution to preventing school violence across America.
“The average duration of an active shooter incident at a school is under five minutes, so all of this horrible carnage takes place in a very short period of time,” President Trump said Tuesday. “That’s why it’s critical to have armed personnel available at a moment’s notice. These are people — teachers in many cases — that are the highest trained that you can get. People that are natural to firearms. People that know how to handle them.”
The recommendation comes from a 180-page report released by the commission Tuesday, 10 months after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and 17 wounded.
“There is no universal school safety plan that will work for every school across the country. Such a prescriptive approach by the federal government would be inappropriate, imprudent, and ineffective,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, chair of the commission, said in a letter Tuesday. “We focused instead on learning more about, and then raising awareness of, ideas that are already working for communities across