“Why would we think that it is alright to expect teachers, who have so many other things on their plate to do to support kids, have to have and be thinking of a gun that’s in the drawer,” Elia responded.
Commissioner Elia made her remarks while appearing Friday morning at McKinley High School for a Buffalo Public School District, city-wide high school graduation ceremony. Elia said the federal grant funding is designed for students, not guns.
The State Education Department, the New York State Board of Regents and the state’s largest teachers union, New York State United Teachers, are all ‘adamantly’ opposed to arming teachers.
“It’s worse than reckless. It’s dangerous. Deadly weapons don’t belong in classrooms full of little children, in the hands of educators who have stated repeatedly that they don’t want them. Classrooms should be safe refuges for students, where caring educators can nurture their love for teaching and learning. At NYSUT, we will continue to work toward that goal, supporting sensible safety measures that are embraced by educators and their local communities. This idea is a distraction,” stated New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta.