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.