Following the devastating school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have captured media attention as they speak out against gun violence and in support of gun control measures. Well, now teachers are speaking out too, sharing photos on Instagram and other social media platforms with the hashtag #armmewith and their requests for what they need in their classrooms in order to prevent further tragedy.
The #armmewith movement was started by two teacher-influencers on Instagram, Olivia Bertels (@missbertels) and Brittany Wheaton (@thesuperheroteacher). In one of her Instagram stories, Bertels explains that she had a friend associated with the MSD shooting and says, “I don’t find supporting gun control … to be a political statement … we need gun control in this country.”
The #armmewith movement is a direct response to the proposed solution that teachers carry guns in order to prevent further mass shootings, an idea which has resurfaced in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. Wheaton is offering a free download of the #armmewith poster on Google Drive, which you can find here.
Below, a sampling of some of the thousands of #armmewith images that have surfaced since Bertels and Wheaton launched the movement on Tuesday evening.
#ArmMeWith resources and funding to help students who need it
#armmewith the resources and funding needed to help students experiencing mental health issues, NOT guns. Teachers, now (more than ever) is the time to take and stand and say we will not accept another one of our students being lost to another senseless school shooting. We have to strive for MORE. Our students deserve it. Call, write, march… do whatever you can to show enough is enough— we NEED stronger gun laws, we NEED funding for mental health issues, we NEED our students to L I V E so they can change the future of this country. #resist #standup #guncontrol #enoughisenough #notonemore #gunsafety #schoolsafety #mentalhealth #teachertribe #iteachtoo #teachersmatter
We have to strive for more.
#ArmMeWith school supplies
School supplies before guns.
#ArmMeWith time to address emotional needs
Time is everything.
#ArmMeWith time for relationship building
#ArmMeWith truth-telling curriculum
We deserve the same as other professionals.
#ArmMeWith bullying prevention
Help me build a bridge.
#ArmMeWith a world without fear
Arm me with a plan. _____________________________________________________________ A plan to end school shootings once and for all. A plan to provide appropriate mental health services for all students on campus. A plan to remove guns from the hands of those that will do harm with them. A plan to keep my kids safe. A plan to remove the fear of going to school each day. #schoolsafetynow #armmewith
Arm me with a plan.
The day teachers are asked to carry guns in the classroom is the day I leave my dream job I’ve had since I was 16 years old. I don’t want to take away guns. I want control on them. Mandatory safety courses, thorough background checks, limit purchases of fire arms at one time, licenses and permits. There’s NO NEED FOR A 19 YEAR OLD TO HAVE AN AR-15. #armmewith #enoughisenough #schoolsafetynow
Books could save the world.
#ArmMeWith smaller class sizes
This is a movement that I can 100% get on board with. If you’ve heard me talk about my class size the last couple years, you will not be surprised that this is one of my hot button issues. In the mind of children, negative attention is still attention, and I believe that as we raise class sizes, overload teachers, and cut support, we will continue to see major behavioral, social, and emotional issues rise to unparalleled levels. I think that reaching out to educators about ways that we can be PROactive, not reactive, in the education world to reduce violence of any kind is absolutely one of the best places to start making a change! . . . . . #ArmMeWith #RealTalk #IssuesInEducation #iTeach2nd #iTeach3rd #TeacherLife #TeachersOfInstagram #TeacherCommunity #TargetTeachers
It could make all the difference.
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. • • • • • #education #teacher #teachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #teacherspayteachers #tpt #englishteacher #highschool #blackteachersrock #blackboyjoy #thedapperteacher #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #armmewith
In all its forms.
#ArmMeWith parents who put down their phones
#ArmMeWith your trust
Let’s teach the whole child.
#ArmMeWith art and music
We live in a society that cares more about putting a gun in my hand than putting a paintbrush in a child’s hand. – – – – – – – American schools won’t become safer by placing guns in classrooms. They’ll become safer when schools provide enriching experiences that develop the whole child. Art & music allow students to express themselves and thrive, yet so many schools don’t have the necessary resources. My own students don’t have music or art. The school in my neighborhood has children walk the halls during phys ed because their gym is in such poor condition. Our system is failing our students, especially those who need it the most. – – – – – – – Let’s change that. Please consider donating to organizations such as @lilysarahgrace, @vh1savethemusic, & @donorschoose. Join me in supporting their daily work to put instruments and art supplies in the hands of a student while keeping weapons out.
We’ll update this post as the #ArmMeWith movement continues to unfold.
In the meantime, what’s your take on the #ArmMeWith movement? What is your school doing in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas? We’re talking about these issues and more in our WeAreTeachers Chat group on Facebook.