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Michigan Teachers And School Employees Call For Stricter Gun Laws

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Public school teachers marched through downtown Lansing Friday.  They delivered a petition against guns in schools to the state Capitol.

Friday, April 20 was the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.

Earlier, students walked out of their classrooms. In a show of solidarity, hundreds of teachers marched to the Capitol dressed in orange – the color for the anti-gun violence movement.  

They want stricter gun laws – like tighter background checks. And they don’t want guns in schools – even in teachers’ hands.

Jenni Jones teaches the fourth grade in Grand Rapids.

“This isn’t just an educational issue. It’s a societal issue," said Jones. 

Lawmakers are currently reviewing bills to allow people with a special license to carry a concealed weapon in traditionally restricted areas – like schools.

There’s also discussion of a proposal to arm teachers.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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