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May 13, 2013 2:40 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Students Tackle the Topic of Armed Teachers in Mock Debate

CORPUS CHRISTI - It's a topic adults go back and forth about all the time: whether arming teachers with guns is the answer to making schools safe or if it would open the halls to even more violence.Students at the School of Science and Technology got the chance to argue both sides today.

"We're not saying that we wish these numbers to stay the same," said Megan Guzman, student at the School of Science and Technology. "We want them to change. We just don't think that arming teachers in the classrooms that that is the way to go about it"

On one side of the room were students arguing for the certification of teachers to carry hand guns while on the other side were students arguing against the idea.

Megan Guzman, on the gun opposition team said, "I think that it's a little bit better that we got to argue it because I know that adults are arguing it but, then again, it's a little bit different because it's our viewpoint; we actually are going to school, we're kids."

With the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary heating up the gun control debate, English teacher, Taquisha Dove, thought it'd be interesting to hear what her students thought about the hot topic. What Dove didn't expect, though, was how passionate her students would become about a simple school assignment.

"I'm really happy that they took something positive away from this experience," Dove said, "because it's not just a school assignment or class assignment anymore. My kids are going to be more aware of what's going on in society."

The goal was for students to learn the art of persuasion but some became so engaged in the assignment they ended up persuading themselves.

Cheyenne Ponce, a student on the gun opposition team said, "At first I was for teachers having guns but now after doing the research that we did I now, kind of, switched sides.'

Regardless of their opinions it's a topic that got the students thinking so when it's their time to vote and make decisions down the line, they'll be making a educated ones.

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