More parents fear for their childrens’ safety at school


National News

July 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Parents are more worried about their children’s safety at school than at anytime in the past 20 years, according to a new national poll released recently. But a majority still oppose putting armed teachers in classrooms.

Fewer than a third of parents said they were very confident their children’s schools could deter a shooting, the Phi Delta Kappa Poll found, and 34 percent said they feared for their kids’ safety on campus. In 2013, only 12 percent had reported feeling afraid for their kids.

A strong majority of parents said that they support spending money on school police officers, student mental-health services and campus metal detectors, favoring these additions over armed teachers.

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