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Local opinions strong about President Trump's school safety proposals

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Just about everyone has an opinion about President Trump's plans for cracking down on school safety, including whether teachers should be armed in schools.
But the president's proposals are not universally accepted.

"The teachers that I have talked to have no interest in having a weapon in their classroom," says Julie Hyndman, president of the FWEA, the Fort Wayne teachers union.

She says it's hard enough to recruit new teachers.

"Indiana has suffered a great shortage of teachers and substitutes, and they continue to demoralize them or take them away from what they really love and have a passion for doing and that's teaching," she says.

However, she says President Trump's plans to better integrate mental health and background checks are good ones.

"The mental health issue. I know that Fort Wayne is looking at expanding assistance with that within their school system, and hopefully across the nation they're looking at it as the population as a whole," Hyndman says.
We asked people on the street what they think.

 "If you went to the military, you've got military background, you're a teacher, why not? But at the same time, teachers are teachers. Why not just put some more officers in the school?" Ernest Lewis asks.

"I don't think guns in the classroom are the answer. Being an old-timer, I grew up where the teachers were allowed to spank or at least grab a child by the arm to get their attention. And the kids need to have a little more reinforcement like that. Respect for adults, I think that's what's needed," Diane Keefer says.

 "I think we need to talk about what's really contributing to people being violent, and it's more than just in the schools.  Children don't feel safe in their neighborhoods, in many cases because of domestic violence don't feel safe at home. So I think we need to be talking in the broader sense of what we can be doing to be able to have safe communities and a country that's really committed more to non-violence," says Marc Levy.

President Trump's new commission on school safety is expected to present its findings in about a year. 

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