-- Educators around the U.S. are protesting proposals to arm teachers by posting with a hashtag, #ArmMeWith, to ask for more school counselors, books, snacks for hungry students and other things they say schools need rather than guns.
The hashtag has as of Saturday morning been used about 96,700 times.
The president said teachers with guns would offer better protection than a security guard who "doesn't love the children." He has also said teachers would be able to respond more quickly than police.
The nation's teachers' unions swiftly rejected the idea.
, said there was a telephone town hall with 60,000 teachers Wednesday night and "the response was universal, even from educators who are gun owners: teachers don't want to be armed, we want to teach."
Many teachers on social media appeared to agree, using the #ArmMeWith hashtag to oppose the notion of arming educators while highlighting basic resources that they suggest their schools lack.
A Twitter user whose profile says she is a Pittsburgh teacher posted a sign promising "to fight for my students and colleagues. Please "#armmewith the things I need"
Another educator says "I would risk my life to save my students but I would never keep a concealed gun in my classroom." Instead, this teacher asks for tissue and paper towels.
Some supporters of arming teachers used the #ArmMeWith hashtag to counter critics of the idea. One user named Chuck posted that nothing teachers are saying they want "protects students. What will they do when a shooter is outside their schoolroom door?"
A woman with the handle @LauraD329 said #ArmMeWith tissues, books, "the same resources the military gets ... DO NOT ARM ME WITH A GUN."
Another woman who identifies herself as a teacher says "#ArmMeWith my own voice. Educators should make decisions about education, not politicians."
One Twitter user identified as a school counselor in San Francisco says she needs lower ratios of counselors to students and better connections to therapists for "my anxious, suicidal & lost kids."
One educator acknowledges a need for school security but says it should not come for her carrying a gun "around a preschooler."
The movement is drawing the attention of some celebrities, such as singer Ricky Davila.