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ALA and AASL Denounce Florida Bill for Arming Librarians

ALA president Jim Neal and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) president Steven Yates released a joint statement on Florida Senate Bill 7026, which allows librarians, counselors, and coaches in Florida public schools to carry firearms. They said, in part:
School librarians work with classroom teachers to provide instruction integral to the curriculum and offer additional informal learning opportunities for students. School librarians are invaluable teachers who offer an enriching learning environment for students and colleagues throughout the school. Firearms in our school libraries, as in any other classroom, will undermine the sense of security that is critical to students and divert school librarian attention away from the core focus of student learning.
While we are all too aware of the gun violence that affects the communities that we serve, including our schools, we do not believe that allowing the arming of school librarians with guns is the answer to preventing violence and mass shootings. Schools need more resources, including the expertise of a certified school librarian for teaching and learning.

For more information, read the press release.



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