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New York Lawmakers Announce Bill To Prevent Arming Of Teachers

March 03, 2018 - 2:43 pm

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- There was outrage on Long Island Saturday, after President Donald Trump's call to arm school teachers.

State lawmakers have announced a bill to stop the arming of teachers.

"Not in New York, not now, not ever," State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) said.

Standing in the library of Rockville Centre's South Side High School, Kaminsky rolled out his bill to ban teachers from carrying firearms in schools, calling the president's idea "very dangerous."

"When we decide to arm teachers, we are implicitly saying that there's nothing that can be done," he said.

Alongside him was Superintendent Bill Johnson, who said his schools have been grieving since the Florida rampage.

"We're in pain. You have to understand that this is different," he said.

Leslie Rose teaches in the nearby Hewlett-Woodmere district and backs the ban. She admits one person at her school raised the idea of giving teachers guns.

"However they hadn't discussed logistics. What if that teacher is a traveling teacher, from classroom to classroom? Where do you put the gun? Is the gun in a locker? How do you get the gun? How do you keep the gun safe?" she asked.