Charlize Theron calls idea of arming U.S. teachers 'outrageous'

Lawrence Kim
March 17, 2018

Charlize Theron, however, disagrees with that notion, describing the idea of arming schoolteachers as "outrageous" in a Q&A Saturday at the Global Education and Skills Forum now underway in Dubai, reports The Independent.

When a 19-year-old armed with an assault rifle stormed a Florida school and took the lives of 17 people, President Donald Trump suggested that incidents like this could be prevented if teachers carried guns. I think the numbers of women who have found strength and a voice and been able to speak about what has happened to them, things they have seen, things they have experienced, is just too powerful for this not to cause change. "I lost my father to gun violence". "It is so outrageous to me".

Theron, whose father was fatally shot by her mother in self-defense when she was a teenager, said she stood behind the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in calling for tighter gun control in the USA, rather than arming teachers. "I don't think any one of those kids said that was the solution and I am going with the kids on this one".

It was an understandably packed house at Saturday's Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) at Atlantis, Dubai, as South African Hollywood actor and celebrated activist Charlize Theron added her high-profile voice to proceedings and addressed a vibrant crowd of education professionals at the venue's laid-back Coffee House meeting room.

"If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly", Trump declared during a speech last month.

Rubio has also been criticized by survivors of the Parkland shooting over his past decision to accept donations from the NRA.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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