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WASHINGTON – The ACLU has issued the following based on Asa Hutchinson’s press conference on the “National School Shield” proposal:
"The proposal includes potentially radical elements, including getting the federal government in the business of supplying arms to teachers, without any evidence that doing so would make children safer," said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. "It is important to create a culture of trust between students and teachers, and arming teachers is the antithesis of that, especially in the 19 states where corporal punishment is still allowed in schools. We are concerned about the potential civil liberties implications this proposal could have for students, who all too often are funneled from schools into the criminal justice system. We hope the NRA addresses these concerns and that Congress will reject any proposal that militarizes our schools."