A popular high school teacher in New Jersey has been suspended after expressing support for the idea of arming teachers with guns. Many American public schools have a strict zero tolerance policy on the subject which makes it difficult to even have a discussion on the topic.
The Daily Caller reports:
High School Teacher Suspended For Pro-Gun Comments On Parkland Shooting
A New Jersey high school teacher has been suspended from his job for expressing support for arming teachers after the Parkland school shooting.
Cherry Hill High School history teacher Timothy Locke, 59, said he was placed on administrative leave last week because he spoke out in one of his classes about arming teachers and ramping up school security to try and prevent a school shooting.
Locke allegedly said that a similar shooting could happen at Cherry Hill and he would put himself between the gunman and the students.
Most of the students reportedly didn’t have a problem with Locke’s comments, but one was so distraught by the comments she was escorted to the administration by another teacher. Locke’s bag was searched and he was required to undergo a physical and psychological exam.
“Most students were fine with the comments,” Fox News reported on Friday. “But at least one, who spoke anonymously to local media said the remarks verged on reckless.”
Mr. Locke has the support of many students, actually. They want him returned to the school. Hopefully, that will happen soon.