A Teacher Who Survived the Parkland Shooting Just Explained What Would Have Happened If She Had Had a Gun in Her Classroom

Sarah Lerner, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived last week's mass shooting, issued a harsh rebuke of President Donald Trump's proposal to arm teachers. Lerner made her comments during an appearance on CNN.

"I have no desire to own a gun, carry a gun, shoot a gun, touch a gun. I don't think that my coming to school with a gun would have changed anything. I'm in Building 6, not Building 12, so if I had been on campus with a gun, there would have literally been nothing for me to do," she said.


When asked if she would have felt safer if she had had a gun, Lerner replied: "No, no, because I don't need to have a gun to keep me safe. I knew that the SWAT team, the FBI, Broward Sheriff's office, local police offices were here securing the campus and keeping us safe. That made me feel safe. If I had had a gun in my classroom with fifteen students, I wouldn't have used it. I didn't see the shooter. I heard the shots when I went outside, but having a gun would do me no good. If anything, if I had a gun on campus, it would have been locked in my closet, and if somebody had come in the room, in the time it would take me to get my keys and open the closet, I'd be dead."

Lerner also took aim at the president's assurances that only 20 percent of educators at any given school would be armed.

"The president said those of us willing to be armed would get some kind of a bonus. I'm not even given adequate money to buy supplies for my classroom, but now if I choose to carry a gun, a gun will be provided for me and I will be given a bonus?"

She continued: "I would rather see all that money go to having more security personnel on my campus, giving me more money on my paycheck. I don't need a gun! Give me the money instead."

Lerner is not the only one with these grievances. In response to the president's suggestion, English teachers Olivia Bertels and Brittany Wheaton coined the hashtag #ArmMeWith on Instagram, to call attention to more pertinent needs––like the need for more school supplies––while slamming the suggestion that arming teachers would actually keep schools safe.

“The vast majority of school personnel are uninterested in carrying a weapon into a building full of hundreds or thousands of children each day,” Bertels said. “Those desires are not being reflected in the tone-deaf suggestions being made by lawmakers as a solution to America’s gun problem.”

“Teachers already shoulder a huge burden when it comes to educating properly, due to lack of funding, support and resources and making sure their students are taken care of emotionally,” Wheaton told CNN.

Teachers around the nation responded.

Journalist Jamil Smith also added his own thoughts to the debate, analyzing a report by Washington Post reporter Phillip Bump, who, Smith notes, "assesses the (financial) cost of a stupid idea."

Smith notes that arming teachers would cost more than $1 billion.

Arming teachers, Smith said, only benefits the NRA, making Trump's listening session, which he held with several survivors of the Parkland shooting in attendance, little more than lip service.

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