Parkland gives standing ovation to superintendent who refused Trump ‘solution’ to arm teachers
Superintendent Robert Runcie and town hall crowd (Photo: Screen capture)

During a packed stadium of Parkland, Florida students, teachers, parents, police and politicians, the school superintendent refused to allow one of the solutions that came from President Donald Trump.


During the "listening session" at the White House Wednesday, Trump suggested to survivors and victims' families that arming teachers was the solution. Superintendent Robert Runcie shut the idea down fast and he did it with a crowd behind him.

"To our teachers at Stoneman Douglas, you work so tirelessly," Runcie said. "You love the students as your own babies. And, some of the dialogue that I have heard recently is about arming teachers: we don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers."

Applause began and quickly got louder and louder as the audience stood in agreement.

"You know what we need?" he asked. "We need to arm our teachers with more money in their pocket. This country plays a lot of lip service to the importance of the teaching profession but never put our money behind it. Let teacher compensation, benefit and working be part of the debate as well. So, I say to all our teachers thank you for what you do every day. We love you and we are going to do what we can to continue to support you."

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