A teacher at a New Jersey high school has been suspended after expressing his support for arming teachers following the Parkland school shooting.
Last week, Cherry Hill High School history teacher Timothy Locke, 59, was placed on administrative leave because he spoke out in one of his classes about arming teachers and ramping up school security as an effort prevent future school shootings.
Locke allegedly said that a similar shooting could happen at Cherry Hill and that he would put himself between the gunman and the school’s students.
Most of the students reportedly didn’t have a problem with Locke’s comments. One, however, was so distraught by the comments that she was escorted to the administration by another teacher.
Locke’s bag was searched and he was required to undergo a physical and psychological exam.
On Friday, Fox News reported, “Most students were fine with the comments. But at least one, who spoke anonymously to local media said the remarks verged on reckless.”
Locke said that he was “adamantly concerned about the wellbeing of my students,” and students are now protesting to have him reinstated at the school.
Fox went on to report, “His students are clearly concerned about him. His suspension triggered two days of demonstration and a firestorm of criticism from both students and their parents who say they have long appreciated Mr. Locke’s candor. Even concerning things like his tour of combat in Iraq and battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Cherry Hill has said they won’t talk about the suspension because it is a personnel matter.
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