COOPER: Teachers are first line of defense

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says teachers "are often the first line of defense" in a crisis as he addressed an education rally in North Carolina.

Cooper addressed a teachers' rally in Raleigh on Wednesday, one day after two students at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte were killed in a shooting and four others were injured.

Cooper told the rally "school safety is vital and that doesn't mean putting guns with teachers in the classroom."

North Carolina teachers were rallying for the second year in a row for various demands, including more funding for student support services such as counselors.