Teens 'have raging passions' and fights, so guns in schools 'not a good idea': Florida HS teacher
Ashley Kurth is a teacher at the high school where a gun massacre killed 17.
By KATIE KINDELAN and ALLISON PECORIN
February 25, 2018, 3:05 PM
• 5 min read
-- A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher who sheltered students in her classroom during the Feb. 14 massacre that killed 17 said arming teachers with guns is "not a good idea."
Ashley Kurth, a culinary arts teacher at the high school in Parkland, Florida, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that she’s witnessed and broken up too many fights to support having guns around teenagers.
“These are kids who have raging passions,” the teacher said. “Having something like this in their vicinity is not a good idea.”
Kurth, a lifelong Republican, said she previously opposed legislative restrictions on gun rights.
But since the Valentine's Day shooting at her school she said she now believes semi-automatic weapons have no place in civilian hands.
“I don’t understand the need to have that type of weapon,” Kurth said. “For me it’s the capacity, the rounds [the alleged shooter at her school] went through in that time is just unreal.”
Kurth drew attention last week when she questioned Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida about proposals to arm teachers during a televised town hall on CNN. Kurth said then that a situation could become confused if teachers have guns when authorities respond to a school shooting.