After a school year with two of the most tragic school shootings in American history, parents fear for the safety of their children, which is at an all-time high. The public, however, is skeptical that arming teachers or school staff is the answer, but prefer measures such as armed police, mental health screenings, or metal detectors.
This year, Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) is making the results of the Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools on school safety and guns available before releasing the full poll results in August. According to PDK’s School security proposals, parents of K-12 students support armed police in school (80%), mental health screening (76%), installing metal detectors at school entrances (74%), while opposing arming teachers and staff (63%).
CEC reiterates its commitment ensuring safe school environments for all children, youth, educators and school personnel. Read CEC’s statement on opposing arming teachers and other school personnel. The statement recommends enacting comprehensive policies and practices that support school and community safety and protection and commonsense gun violence prevention measures.