State lawmakers divided on bills to arm teachers, fortify schools

Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, argue that arming teachers would create dangers of its own and hinder the learning environment. (Photo: Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

By Martha Ramirez and Brianna Jones-Williams

Fortified schools, armed school workers and bulletproof backpacks are some of the answers that Louisiana legislators have in mind for protecting children as threats of school shootings grow.

Two state representatives and a senator have introduced controversial bills that would allow teachers and other school workers to carry firearms.

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