Educators around the U.S. are protesting proposals to arm teachers by posting with a hashtag, #ArmMeWith, to ask for more school counselors, books, snacks for hungry students and other things they say schools need rather than guns.
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The hashtag has as of Saturday morning been used about 96,700 times.
A Twitter user whose profile says she is a Pittsburgh teacher posted a sign promising “to fight for my students and colleagues. Please “#armmewith the things I need”
Teachers from all around America are joining the #ArmMeWith movement where they are calling to be armed with Books, Empathy, Respect, Time, Smaller Class Sizes, Funding, Resources, Wisdom, Raises……
……NOT guns. ????pic.twitter.com/MjpvWgnF7V
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 24, 2018
Another educator says “I would risk my life to save my students but I would never keep a concealed gun in my classroom.” Instead, this teacher asks for tissue and paper towels.
I AM A TEACHER. NOT A POLICE OFFICER, NOT A SOLIDER, NOT A BODY GUARD. I would risk my life to save my students but I would never keep a concealed gun in my classroom, nor use it EVER. #ArmMeWith TISSUE & PAPER TOWELS. that’s all, Please & Thank you.
— Bri (@Briiilea) February 23, 2018
A woman with the handle @LauraD329 said #ArmMeWith tissues, books, “the same resources the military gets … DO NOT ARM ME WITH A GUN.”
*tissues – lots of tissues
*books which grab my students by the heart
*the same resources the military gets
*love, time, patience, and trust
*the ability to inspire my students to stand up for what they believe
DO NOT ARM ME WITH A GUN. #NeverAgain
— LauraD (@LauraD329) February 24, 2018
Another woman who identifies herself as a teacher says “#ArmMeWith my own voice. Educators should make decisions about education, not politicians.”
#ArmMeWith my own voice. ??Educators should make decisions about Education, not politicians who have their own agendas.
— Anne Connolly (@aconnollysiena) February 24, 2018
One Twitter user identified as a school counselor in San Francisco says she needs lower ratios of counselors to students and better connections to therapists for “my anxious, suicidal & lost kids.”
I am a Counselor in SFUSD#ArmMeWith
– nationally recommended student:counselor ratio of250:1(presently at 400:1).
– connections to therapists for my anxious, suicidal & lost kids.
– resources to teach our community members their rights.#sfusd_supe#WeAreSFUSD#SFUSD_HIGH
— SFUSD Counselor (@UESFCounselor) February 24, 2018
One educator acknowledges a need for school security but says it should not come for her carrying a gun “around a preschooler.”
#armmewith trained security personal to intervene in the case of an emergency. Don’t ask me to carry a gun around a preschooler.
— mscool817 (@mscool8171) February 24, 2018
The movement is drawing the attention of some celebrities, such as singer Ricky Davila.