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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.

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