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Local WA rep.-elect proposes arming teachers in classrooms

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A newly-elected state lawmaker from Camas thinks Washington's schools would be safer if teachers had guns.

Liz Pike, republican representative-elect from District 18, announced she might draft a bill that would allow teachers to take guns into the classroom after they complete a safety course.

It's a controversial idea that isn't sitting well with everyone.

Pike posted the idea on her Facebook page last week, looking for feedback from her constituents and fellow lawmakers.

Pike said she would model the law after the Federal Flight Deck Officer program which is used by the airlines to allow pilots to bring guns into the cockpit.

She said teachers would first be required to take a weeklong course on gun safety that they pay for. Then they would be allowed bring their own guns into the classroom. Pike said it would be totally optional and wouldn't cost taxpayers anything since the teachers would be using their personal guns.

Pike came up with the idea after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut earlier this month where 20 children were killed.

"The No. 1 concern for me is public safety in our schools," said Pike. "I don't want our children to be sitting ducks. I don't want teachers to be sitting ducks. I want to hear any and all ideas. My idea is just one." 

Not everyone agrees with her idea. One of her constituents posted this comment on Pike's Facebook page: "I will not support any legislator who does not look into some reasonable gun control. More guns are not the answer."

Pike said the majority of people who left comments favor her idea.

To read more about her proposal, click here.

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