Resolution To Permit Illinois Teachers To Carry Guns Fails

Mike Krauser
November 17, 2018 - 10:30 am
Demonstrators outside vote to arm teachers

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Association of School Boards turned down a controversial resolution that would permit teachers to carry guns to school if their districts allow it.

The vote tally was 203 against the adoption of the resolution, 179 in favor.

The proposal, backed by some rural school districts, has come up for consideration before and failed. 

Outside the Hyatt, where the meeting was taking place, some school board members, teachers and elected officials staged a protest rally, chanting “books not bullets.”

It was led by State Representative Emanuel Chris Welch, who said “we’re here to show our contempt. This resolution is a horrific resolution.”

The President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Dan Montgomery, called it “deeply misguided.”

“It is scientifically shown that putting guns in public places increases the likelihood that people will be shot accidentally," he said.

A Chicago Public Schools teacher, Erica Wozniac-Francis, added: “I am absolutely horrified at the prospect of being an armed teacher.”

She said her job is to make sure her children are safe and educated.

 “I just can’t even fathom that this is something that people are talking about who actually care about children.”

A suburban teacher, Anthony Clark, said he’s a combat veteran, so he’d be among those teachers who would qualify to carry a gun in school.

“I would never in my life carry a weapon into our school system," he said.

Welch noted that guns in schools, except in the hands of police, are a violation of both state and federal law.

No demonstrators outside the meeting spoke in favor of guns in schools.