Hoosier professor: 'I'll never carry a gun in a classroom'


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, some have made the case for arming teachers.

But an Indiana college professor says she'll never carry a gun in her classroom.

Victoria Barrett is gaining national attention for an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post.

She said she believes arming teachers would serve the interests of the gun lobby, not students and would not lead to safer schools.

Barrett says she didn't go into education to be a security guard.

"It's not my job to be aware of a weapon at all times. It's my job to be aware of my students' learning when I'm in that classroom and their needs and their development,” she wrote.

"Carrying a gun means I have to be prepared to take another person's life. That's what that signifies. And I'm not going to be that person."

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