CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The NC Superintendent Mark Johnson and Governor Roy Cooper weighed in on a debate Monday that has been raging since the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, saying they don't believe school teachers should be armed.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson says he supports more funding for school resource officers, rather than arming the teachers. He released a statement on the matter Monday, saying, in part:
We already ask so much of our educators. I do not believe we should ask them to take on another massive responsibility of having firearms in the classroom...I support the expansion of finding for School Resource Officers. Firearms on school grounds should be in the hands of these trained, uniformed law-enforcement professionals who courageously choose a career protecting citizens from violent threats.
NC. Gov. Roy Copper tweeted his agreement with Johnson's statement, saying, "our teachers having to carry guns is a very bad idea."
Charlotte police and school officials also say they don't believe teachers should be armed. Instead, CMPD and CMS hope to strengthen security measures already in place-- including escorting guests around schools and scanning their license. They say active shooter drills and more school resource officers could be added in the near future.