In the wake of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, Americans are demanding action to prevent these tragic events.
Emotional students and parents of school shooting victims descended on the White House last month to participate in President Donald Trump's listening session on the issue. Students across the nation participated in a walkout on Wednesday to protest gun laws that leave them feeling unsafe at school. And many polls, including Gallup's, have found that there is broad agreement among Americans for various proposals to curb school shootings.
However, one critical voice has been largely missing from these debates: U.S. teachers. To that end, Gallup conducted a nationally representative poll of nearly 500 teachers across the U.S. to uncover and amplify their views on how to keep their students safe.
Beginning tomorrow and continuing next week, Gallup will publish teachers' perspectives on the following topics:
- their willingness to carry a gun at school and whether they believe it would make schools safer
- whether their schools are adequately protected from school shooters and how prepared they are if a shooter were to gain entry
- their personal fears about being a victim of a school shooting and what they hear from their students and colleagues
- which proposals they think would most effectively prevent school shootings
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