Armed Kindergarten teachers go on three-day gun workshop to ‘protect kids’

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Teachers at Kindergartens are being trained how to use guns.

The shocking news comes in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were slaughtered by a lone gunman.

The lessons are being given in Ohio, and it has seen several teachers take up arms in case such an incident should happen again.

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According to the Washington Post, around 29 states are allowing teachers – and anyone other than police and security officials – to carry a gun on school grounds.

In Florida, a shocking 1,300 school staff members carry guns on site, with around 402 separate school districts in Texas allowing the same.

The idea was given, and approved, by Republicans in 2018 – although the Democrats have opposed it.

The gun-wielding teachers are given a 26-hour course on how to use guns safely on school grounds, with more than £1 million being spent on training around 2,600 teachers so far by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation.

President Jim Irvine said: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“We trust them with our kids every day. Time is all that matters. It’s that simple.”

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And one teacher who is a part of the programme, known only as Mark, said: “The last thing I want is for people to think we are just a bunch of gun slinging teachers who want an excuse to carry guns in schools.

“I love my kids and I’m going to do everything I can to keep them safe.”

However, there are detractors to the scheme.

Scott DiMauro, president of the Ohio Education Association – which is the largest teachers' union in Texas – is one of the most vocal against it.

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He said: “If trained law enforcement couldn’t stop that, what makes you think an ill-trained teacher or other school employee would be able to?”

The only details of what they learn on the course was that they have to pass a shooting qualification test.

This sees teachers shooting from various distances, as far away as 50 feet.

To pass, they need to score 26 out of 28 – only then will they be given permission to carry a gun on school grounds.

This is significantly more accuracy that local police require, as they only manage to obtain around 50% hit rate while on the streets, according to local sources.

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Pete Blair, executive director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University said: “I would consider those to be marksmanship tests, to show you can handle the firearm safely, but they are not combat shooting.”

There are no plans to introduce similar rules in the UK, as not one school shooting has taken place since March 31, 1996, when 18 people – including shooter Thomas Hamilton – were killed at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland.

A further 15 were injured at the time.

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