Indiana professor is against having a gun in her classroom


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — 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 believes that 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 this profession 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. ... "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."

Indiana is a state that allows teachers to be armed, however, the school board must authorize it.