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Dec 19, 2018
2:48PM

Trump panel recommends guns in schools to keep US students safe

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A safety panel set up by US President Donald Trump in the wake of numerous school shootings recommended that schools consider arming staff and using veterans as guards. The commission rejected calls to increase the minimum age required for gun purchases, arguing in its 180-page report that most school shooters obtain their weapons from family members or friends.

Reversing Obama-era guidelines, the panel suggested arming staff -- even teachers in some circumstances -- for the sake of efficiency and immediately responding to violence.  The panel, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was set up after the February massacre in Parkland, when a former student shot dead 17 people, sparking mass gun control protests.
The panel also recommended education authorities hiring military veterans and former police officers who "can also serve as highly effective educators." The report pushes for a review of disciplinary guidelines introduced in 2014 under former president Barack Obama, which suggested alternatives to suspension and expulsion to tackle discrimination against black and Latino students.
 
According to a report Over 219,000 US students have been involved in a school shooting since the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
 

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