March 18, 2018

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Educators Start #ArmMeWith Social Media Movement

Students across the country have been inspired by their peers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The new teen activists seek school safety, protective gun laws and a response from Congress to ensure their futures. They are effectively using their social media skills to get out the message. Now their teachers are following the students’ lead and creating a related movement of their own.


After President Trump suggested arming teachers with guns was the answer to school shootings, a social media hashtag and movement began.  Educators from across the country have taken up the #ArmMeWith hashtag, posted photos holding signs sharing and written posts about what they really need to best serve their students.

Spoiler: Books are mentioned. A lot. (Along with more mental health support for students, counselors and social workers, funding and basic supplies.) Here are just a few of the thousands flooding social media feeds.

Tobi Sarah Waldron, a teacher at Lemelson Stem Academy in Reno, NV, shared a post on Instagram and Twitter:

#armmewith BOOKS BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS!” she wrote. “Books about Black kids, about Latino kids, with female leading characters, about Muslim kids and Jewish kids, Native America kids and non-gender conforming kids! Arm me with all the books so that my students can find their superheroes, the ones that look just like them, in the depths of my library. (Also please send more expo markers!)”

Instagram user “writeonwithmissg” shared this message:

And Instagram user “TheDapperTeacher” wrote this message with his posted photo, “We cannot afford to ignore the truth about what is happening in our country. What is truly frightening is the number of people who refuse to make decisions based upon facts. It is a fact that families sent their loved ones to school and now they are planning funerals. It is a fact that futures were ended when they were just beginning. It is a fact that too many students have lost their lives in a space where they are supposed to be educated and protected. It is a fact that too many people in power are not using that power to bring about the necessary changes that could prevent things like this from happening. Far too many bullets claim our students in the streets for them to claim our students in school, too. We don’t need rhetoric when reality is working overtime. #ArmMeWith the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”



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  1. I am a Library Tecnician in Australia would will support you 100% Mr Trump has this terribly wrong. I would like to put your caption on my wall is this possible. Love to all my Library friends.

  2. arm me with the resources and funds to help students not just be another statistic

  3. Jacquelyn Mumbach says:

    Arm me with the resources to teach children to love each other and the resources to get each child what he or she needs to be a loving, productive, and empathetic member of society.

  4. #ArmMeWith Certified Librarians back in our libraries to teach diversity, media safety, digital citizenship, fallacies in news sources, proper referencing, and finding perfect fit books to expand students’ minds.

  5. #ARMMEWITH support, love and solidarity comes to you from the North. Canadian’s stand strong with you and agree that guns have NO place inside a school classroom. Our youth are the future of this world and they’re making us proud!

  6. Armando Loera says:

    #ArmMeWith Administrators that support library programs so that librarians can teach students (among many other things) compassion, divetsity and empathy through the power of books!

  7. Susan Jacoby says:

    I wrote a blog post the other day entitled, “Yes, I’d like to be armed*”

    Link below!

  8. This is crazy guns should not be allowed

  9. Donald Trump is not thinking write what If teachers start shooting kids that would be even worse.
    That is riskier.

  10. I think we should put big boxes that are bullet proof around every class and anywhere were everyone can get in and lock the door so the shooter can not get in.Donald Trump should not allow teachers to have guns.
    That is crazy

  11. Donald trump is crazy.

  12. donald Trump is out of his mind.He should not let teachers have guns

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