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Following Florida shooting, President Trump has said teachers should be armed

By Sarah and Subhadra 


Just weeks after the Florida shooting, a student in Northern California has been accidentally shot while being taught at a public firearm safety class.


The teacher, Dennis Alexander, accidentally discharged a firearm at the ceiling, unaware that it was loaded. 


Alexander, who was a reserve police officer at Sandy City Police Department in California for 11 years, fired at the ceiling of his classroom, causing debris and bullet fragments to fly around the room and injuring a 17-year-old student in the neck.


The incident occurred two days after American President Donald  Trump proposed the idea that teachers should be equipped with firearms. 


50 students and teachers at CCHSG were asked: ‘Should teachers be armed with guns in schools?’ with the vast majority being strongly against the proposal.


 Survey of Staff and Students at CCHSG on the arming of teachers in schools


History teacher Mr Greatorex, said: “It is the worst idea I have ever heard.”


Chloe Barnes, a Year 9 student, said: “Guns should be banned completely.”


In response to the shooting at the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, that left 17 staff and students dead, students across the US haved staged walk outs to protest against gun violence and to demand new, tougher gun laws.




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