RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) A new proposal could give North Carolina teachers thousands of dollars to carry a gun in the classroom.
Senate Bill 192 would give teachers a pay raise to become sworn police officers.
The teachers would carry a concealed weapon in the classroom and also have arrest powers.
While some teachers have expressed interest in being armed at work, others say teachers want more social workers and psychologists in their schools, not more weapons.
Mark Jewell with the State Teachers Association says, "Everyone wants a safe school environment, however, we feel this is a very dangerous approach and a disaster waiting to happen."
Republican State Senator Ralph Hise says, "That means there's more protection within our schools and I'm not someone who's going to look at a gun and see an inherent evil, it's who the person who can wield it, whose the person who can protect it, those are the types of things that determine the outcomes."
State School Superintendent Mark Johnson says he's opposed to the idea of arming teachers.
The bill is sponsored by three senate leaders, but still has a long way to go to pass.