St. Louis Board of Education Rejects Calls For Armed Teachers

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Board of Education has passed a resolution formally denouncing the idea of arming teachers and school administrators in wake of recent school shootings.

“The Board of Education of the St. Louis Public Schools further resolves that we join with others who call for a comprehensive approach to safe and peaceful schools which includes increasing financing for school counselors and psychologists, better public mental health and state laws that crack down on bullying,” the resolutions reads.

The act comes in response to HB 70, a bill recently filed in the Missouri House of Representatives by Mike Kelley (R-Lamar). The proposal would “allow a teacher or school administrator to carry a concealed firearm into a higher education institution or elementary or secondary school if he or she has a valid concealed carry endorsement or permit.”

The Board of Education said HB 70 would exacerbate “a bad situation by empowering others to make it worse.” The bill has 24 co-sponsors, including House Speaker Tim Jones and House Majority Leader John Diehl.

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