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President Trump Meets With State, Local Officials on School Safety

23 Février 2018

As if being a teacher weren't challenging enough, future ex-President Donald Trump doubled-down on his latest plan to destroy America's education system during a meeting with law enforcement officials Thursday, when he proposed that some teachers should be given bonuses to carry firearms in schools. "I don't like it".

"I said this yesterday when we had a mental institution where you take a sicko like this guy - he was a sick guy, so many signs - and you bring him to a mental health institution, those institutions are largely closed because communities didn't want him", Trump said.

President Donald Trump declared "gun free" schools a " magnet" for mass shooters Thursday, as he doubled down on a deeply controversial proposal to arm teachers in U.S. schools. He also said that he opposes active shooter drills because he thinks they are a negative thing for kids.

"I never said "give teachers guns" like was stated on Fake News CNN and NBC".

'I think it's insane, i think it's very bad for children'.

U.S. President Donald Trump met school safety experts to discuss preventing another massacre like the one February 14 at a high school in Florida with one of his more controversial ideas-arming some teachers with special training or military experience. One of the participants suggested having people in the school - teachers, administrators, who have volunteered to have a firearm safely locked in the classroom, and are given training throughout the year.

'Because no matter what you do, you keep it gun free, they'll be able to get in there, they'll crawl through the back of a window or something, and you're going to have everybody again without any protection, ' the president pointed out. So practically for free, you have now made the school into a hardened target. -"They're going to do what's right. And we're going to be focusing very strongly on mental health, because here's a case of mental health", he added. "We'll solve it together", Trump said.

And of course, he couldn't let the moment pass without ragging on a familiar right-wing boogeyman: "I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts", he said, adding, "and then you go the further step, and that's the movies".

The president reiterated his support for raising age limit for certain weapons."A lot of things are happening", the president said.

Summing up the opposition of many lawmakers, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the idea of arming teachers "toxic lunacy - an NRA-backed distraction from common sense action".

Congress can certainly consider funding increased school security, and funding research into what makes mass shooters tick so that society can stop them before they act.

He said this as part of his proposal to arm large numbers of teachers - as many as 40% of them, he thinks, may be qualified.

His position sparked angry accusations that he was more interested in defending the stance of powerful lobby group the National Rifle Association (NRA) than taking action to protect children in schools.

President Trump Meets With State, Local Officials on School Safety