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Teachers across the United States are responding to Donald Trump’s suggestion that some school staff should be armed with guns with a series of emotional tweets using the hashtag #ArmMeWith.

Many teachers are opposed to the idea of guns in schools as a means of defence against attackers and have instead demanded better school supplies and mental health resources.

“Pencils, paper, technology, books, art supplies, counsellors... Not Guns,” was the wishlist of one teacher.

The trend emerged just a day after Mr Trump spoke with survivors of the tragic shooting which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week. .

The President took to his favourite social media platform on Thursday to argue his ideas. He claimed that he never said “give teachers guns” but that that arming 20 per cent of “adept teachers” with military training would mean they can “fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions.”

He added: “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people.”

But various teaching bodies and individual teachers rejected the idea, gaslighting the #ArmMeWith trend on Instagram.

"Let's be clear: arming teachers with guns is NOT the answer."

#ArmMeWith tools to make learning more efficient.

This teacher is calling for counselors and social workers.

This teacher has “had enough.”

 

I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! Not one more child’s face will flash on my television listed as a life lost. I do not want to llisten to their parents tell us of the life their child had before them, but now instead of making plans for college they are making funeral plans. Not one more teacher will need to walk around their classroom to plan and prepare themselves to be armed with basic classroom supplies that they have purchased themselves. Not one more! I am tried, I am angry and I am telling you there needs to be change! This isn’t a time for sides! It is a time for us to realize there is an issue and it can no longer be avoided. Do not let the names and faces of those innocent lives be forgotten. Take a stand...#armmewith common sense gun laws and allow the cdc to conduct research by removing the Dickey Rider amendment. I DON’T WANT TO TAKE YOUR GUNS...I simply don’t want my students or your children to have easy access to fatal weapons. #educatorsagainstgunviolence @senatorsasse @jefffortenberry @debfischer do you see me? Do you hear me? Will you allow my classroom to be next? . . . . . #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #tftpickme #publicschoolproud #megscrayons #teacherspayteachers #iteach #teachers #parkland

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"#ArmMeEith pencils so my students can write new laws."

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