Petition circulates to arm teachers in classrooms

ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN)- Across North Carolina, parents in Person County are circulating a petition to ask legislators to change the law and allow trained teachers to keep a gun in a secured place in their classrooms.

Bruce Wrenn, who sells electronic security systems in Roxboro, says he knows about safety. His daughter attended a school surrounded by barbed wire fencing, but he was still concerned. He says his main concern was that a gunman would get inside, and that’s why he started the petition.

Wrenn made his pitch to the Person County Board of Education yesterday, seeing if he’d get any support. Board members were silent and the chairman says it’s not something they’ve seriously discussed.

“Personally, I think it would be a huge difference. It’d be a mighty big item that would require a lot of thought, a lot of input,” said Gordon Powell of the Person County Board of Education.

The country’s largest teachers’ union, The National Education Association, is strongly opposed to this idea, calling it dangerous. In a recent survey, the union says 68% of its members oppose it.

Wrenn says he will keep pushing.

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