EAST LANSING – Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart issued the following statement today on Senate consideration of SBs 584-586, allowing concealed weapons in schools:
“MEA strongly opposes this legislation for the safety of students and school employees alike. Education and parent groups have joined us in opposing this misguided legislation because they too understand that the answer to gun violence is not more guns in schools—in fact, that’s a recipe for disaster.
“The only people who should be allowed to carry firearms in public schools are police officers and school security personnel, period.
“Once again, legislators have failed to ask professional educators, who are the experts on the frontlines, if they think this is a good idea. Had they done that, this legislation would never have seen the light of day.
“Instead of these bills, the Legislature should simply close the controversial loophole allowing open-carry in schools and make gun-free zones truly gun free.”
Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, (517) 337-5508