Pa. School Safety Report: Teachers Should Not Be Armed

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania House committee released a report recommending that only trained law enforcement officials should be armed in schools, not teachers or other staff members.

The committee came to the decision after hearing the opinions of law enforcement representatives, education organizations and district attorneys. The group, which included Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) and Rep. Mike Regan (R-Carroll Township), concluded that only school police officers, school resource officers or security officers who have received the proper training should carry weapons on campus, reports.

Meanwhile, the House Select Committee on School Safety and Security unanimously issued a final report with suggestions for improving school safety, Public Opinion Online reports. Some of the recommendations include:

  • Panic buttons should be installed in front of school offices
  • Teachers should wear wireless alert pendants
  • Schools should use surveillance systems and access control systems at school entrances
  • Relevant state legislative committees should consider whether to mandate monthly lockdown and active shooter drills and coordinate with local police agencies

To review the entire report, visit

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