Md. Gov. Larry Hogan against arming teachers, open to armed, trained resource officers
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (ABC7) —
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ideas on how to prevent school shootings in the state, but arming teachers is not one of them.
The day after the Parkland High School massacre in Florida, a student at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Maryland, was arrested and accused of bringing a loaded gun to class.
Eighteen-year-old Alwin Chen reportedly told police that he regularly concealed firearms in school, even wearing body armor to “protect himself.” This week, the governor is praising school officials and law enforcement and has made it clear he is against arming classroom teachers, supports banning bump stocks and endorses legislation to remove firearms from those convicted of domestic violence.
He plans on using $125 million from casino revenue to improve school safety by securing doors and windows, as well as adding metal detectors, panic buttons and more cameras. He also wants a mandatory annual school by school safety assessment. In other words, Hogan is looking for better ways to address behavioral threads like what they had at Clarksburg High School.
The Republican governor, who is at odds with the NRA, is open to the idea of armed, trained resource officers inside schools but says he does not believe that teachers should carry guns.