Ever since the tragic shooting at Parkland High School just a week ago, talks about stricter gun laws have been at an all-time high. There are proponents in Washington of allowing teachers to carry weapons as a countermeasure to anyone who entered the school with the intent to harm.
While there are advocates on both sides of the argument, teachers across the country are taking to social media to share what they REALLY need in order to promote the mental health of their students and potentially prevent future incidents from happening. Started by teachers in Utah and Kansas who knew each other via social media, the hashtag #ArmMeWith seeks to give teachers a platform to express their feelings on the subject, and the posts are honestly eye-opening.
While some take the opportunity to post politically-charged statements, others point out alarming flaws in the public education system and a lack of resources that prevent teachers from nurturing their students in a way that's effective for their emotional development.
My mom was a kindergarten teacher and my sister teaches elementary music, so I hear firsthand some of the baffling obstacles that our educators face day-in and day-out, and while it certainly wouldn't be the ONLY solution to a massive problem, surely it wouldn't hurt to arm our teachers with some of the resources they're asking for, right?