Michigan Teachers And School Employees Call For Stricter Gun Laws
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.