February 27, 2018

#ArmMeWith: Teachers call for books, not bullets, after yet another school shooting


Image from instagram, via BuzzFeed

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida two weeks ago, Donald Trump tweeted that “highly trained, gun adept teachers/coaches would solve the problem [of school shootings] instantly, before police arrive. GREAT DETERRENT!”

Teachers, it seems, would rather teach than carry weapons.

For BuzzFeed, Tanya Chen and Julia Reinstein reported that educators have responded to Trump’s musings with #ArmMeWith, a campaign “to advocate what they would actually want to be “armed with,” and for a lot of them, it’s books.


As of this writing, there are more than 10,000 instagram posts carrying the hashtag. “If you’re an educator, you know that [more guns] is not a solution to stopping violence in our schools,” said Brittany Wheaton, one of the teachers who launched the campaign. “It was time for teachers to demand their voices be heard.”


In addition to books, many teachers are asking for mental health services for students, school supplies, and smaller class sizes. “More guns,” said Olivia Bertels, who started the campaign with Wheaton, “are not the answer to an existing gun problem.”

Teachers who would like to share their own #ArmMeWith posts can find a template here.




Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.