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Guns in Schools: Virginia Educators Concerned about Governor's Interest in School Staff Carrying Weapons - Source Patch

Posted on Dec 24,2012
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

Memorial items left near Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, the site of a shooting that killed 20 elementary students and six faculty members. Credit Newtown Patch

Source Patch

By Jamie M. Rogers

Virginia educators said they are concerned about the governor’s interest in allowing teachers and staff members to carry guns into schools, noting violence prevention isn’t an issue of more guns, but more funding.

Officials with three education associations—the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS)—released a statement Friday.

The statement came shortly after the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for "armed security" around schools but was in response to statements earlier this week by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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