NEA Speaks Against Guns in Mo. Classrooms

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COLUMBIA - The Missouri branch of the National Education Association said Wednesday it does not support a bill in the Missouri House that would allow teachers to carry firearms in classrooms.

The House General Laws Committee heard the bill Tuesday that would let teachers have guns on school property.

Benton STEM Elementary School Principal Troy Hogg said Wednesday he agrees with the NEA that guns should be kept off school premises.

"I don't think it's a good idea," Hogg said. "I think we try to promote non-violence for all of our students and I think teachers having weapons would send the wrong message to kids."

Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters sponsored the bill that says it intends to preserve Second Amendment rights.