It’s Not Cool to Put Guns in School

Tennessee districts reject legislative effort to arm teachers

Andy Spears
2 min readMay 4, 2024
Photo by MChe Lee on Unsplash

While Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee seems eager to place armed teachers in the state’s public schools, school district leaders aren’t exactly embracing the idea.

The General Assembly passed and Lee quickly signed a bill that would allow teachers who meet certain training requirements to carry concealed firearms while teaching. The caveat being the local school district would have to sign off on allowing the policy.

So far, none have.

In fact, many are openly rejecting the idea.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .