NH bill considers arming school employees
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Teachers' groups are urging New Hampshire lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow school employees to carry guns.
Union leaders for the American Federation of Teachers and NEA New Hampshire joined a spokesman for the state school boards association objecting to a bill that would allow teachers and staff to be armed.
But others told the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday that barring guns from schools makes the children and staff targets to the mentally disturbed. They said school staff should be able to use more than pencils and scissors to defend themselves.
State Rep. Dan Itse, a Fremont Republican and bill sponsor, said he filed the bill after a shooting rampage killed 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn.