Trump administration to help arm US school staff

| Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 4:09pm



US President Donald Trump's administration will step up aid to States that want to arm school employees under a plan, to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida.

Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, said the controversial idea to put weapons in schools is part of a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety and take steps to do so immediately.

Very few educators are in support of the idea.

A presidential Assistant, Andrew Bremberg, said the White House is among other measures, urging States to pass temporary risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, with technical assistance coming from Washington.

The move comes during a national gun control debate revived by survivors of last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in the US, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.