A new plan would put more guns in Texas schools. Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT: https://tyt.com/trial
Read more here: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/01/texas-school-safety-marshal-program-teachers-guns/
“Ahmir Johnson knows what can happen when people who look like him get in law enforcement’s crosshairs.
The senior at Round Rock High School recalled hearing stories earlier this year of a black student who was grabbed and thrown to the ground by a police officer just outside of nearby Cedar Ridge High School. He recounted another incident at his own school a few years back in which a school resource officer reportedly grabbed a student by the throat after being called to break up a fight.
District officials said the Cedar Ridge student was charged with assault and resisting arrest, but no criminal charges were filed in the Round Rock High incident. But because black students are overrepresented in all types of disciplinary referrals and are more likely to have their behavior addressed by school police officers than their white peers, Johnson worries about how law enforcement officers react to his fellow students of color.
And now, as Texas lawmakers look to expand the state’s school marshal program in the wake of last year’s deadly Santa Fe High School shooting, Johnson’s concerns extend beyond school resource officers and city police. Come fall, the high school senior’s worries will focus on younger black students at schools where educators trained as school marshals can carry their concealed handguns when students are present. He’s even more concerned that there could be no limit on how many marshals a school district can appoint — and that those marshals could have immunity in court for any “reasonable action” taken to maintain safety.”
Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, Aida Rodriguez
Cast: Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, Aida Rodriguez
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