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February 26, 2018


Contact: Molly Schmidt
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AASPA Advocates for Safety of Students and Teachers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kelly Coash-Johnson, American Association of School Personnel Administrators Executive Director, and Justin Schooley, Ed.D., AASPA President, issued the following statement in response to recent calls to arm teachers in schools:

In response to the increasing number of school shootings including the latest tragedy in Parkland, Fla., the safety of students and staff should be a top priority for all policy made at this difficult time. Rather than arming teachers, schools need additional funds to support students and staff in the areas of mental health, resources, training, smaller class sizes and time to support their students.

While it is important to address the physical security of our school buildings, we do not support teachers and other school staff assuming the role of law enforcement. A more appropriate response would be to listen to the many students, educators and families who are calling for change that will protect our schools and other gathering places in our communities.


The American Association of School Personnel Administrators is an international organization that provides leadership in promoting effective human resource practices within education.  Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., AASPA holds an annual conference in October and various regional professional development opportunities throughout the year in addition to providing other valuable benefits to its 2,100 members.  More information about AASPA can be found at www.aaspa.org.