Where Do Your Neighbors Stand on School Safety?

March 06, 2018 06:27 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Safe to say the school shooting in Parkland, Florida sparked controversy throughout the nation. Here at ABC 6 News, we held a survey to find out where locals stand on gun control and school safety. 500 adults in Southeastern Minnesota and Northern Iowa participated in our poll. Hannah Tiede shows us how parents feel about sending their kids to school these days.

"I admit that I am more nervous than I have ever been," said Janet Bruce of Rochester. 


Janet is responding to questions regarding our ABC 6 News Survey USA Poll where we asked people how safe they feel sending their child to school. 8 percent said they felt "very unsafe". 15 percent said "somewhat unsafe", 35 percent said "somewhat safe"... while 42 percent said "very safe".  When broken down by gender, 34 percent of those who responded "very safe" are women... 48 percent are men. 

"I feel very safe. I think fear is something that can escalate," said Xavier Prat of Rochester. "I think we should not fall for the escalation of fear."

Another question we asked: should teachers in K-12, who are qualified gun owners, be allowed to carry concealed weapons at school?

"Teachers are teachers, they are not an army," said Niygaall Gon of Rochester. "I don't see my kids going to school while teachers are carrying guns. I feel not safe for my kids." 

Our poll shows 50 percent of people agree with Nyigaall, that teachers should *not be allowed to carry concealed weapons. 41 percent said they should be allowed. Broken down by party affiliation.... 69 percent who said yes are Republican. 13 percent are Democrat. When it comes to schools having an armed police officer on site... 

"These are isolated incidents that I think get a little bit embellished. They are tragic. I am not saying anything about it, but I don't think we need officers in our schools," said Janet. "We put police officers in front of banks to protect our money. My grandson is 16-years-old and we talked about it. He said, "Grammy why don't we put police officers in front of schools to protect the kids?"

54 percent of those surveyed said there should be an armed officer on site. 34 percent said there should not be. 



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