The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida this past spring thrust gun control and school security back into the mainstream debate. Many candidates for office want to arm teachers despite opposition from teachers’ unions and those who say placing more guns in schools will only put students more at risk. Other candidates want to tighten state and federal gun control measures as a way to reduce the risk of a mass shooting. Meanwhile, thousands of high school students across the country joined a national movement supporting gun control.
In this video, Education Week reporters Kavitha Cardoza and Daarel Burnette explain how school security became a wedge issue this election year.
A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.