Petition to House Civil Justice Committee
Tell Tennessee Lawmakers You Oppose Arming Teachers!
The Department of Education, the Tennessee Sheriff's Association, The Tennessee Education Association, Law Enforcement Training experts, school resource officers, Governor Bill Haslam, teachers, parents and students ALL oppose the idea of arming teachers, yet Tennessee lawmakers are forcing the bill through the legislature. Additionally, there is no certifying body that can even provide appropriate civilian training to handle an active shooter event inside a school full of panicked students. School resource officers (SROs) undergo full law enforcement training, over 480 hours, before they are given additional and specialized training to serve as an SRO. The legislature controls the state's budget. If there are schools in need of additional trained school resource officers, lawmakers should appropriate funds to cover the costs.