New Channel 4 documentary will follow the gun debate surrounding the arming of teachers in American schools.
Training Teachers to Kill shines a light on the very real debate taking place in the US today, where school boards are considering arming teachers to protect students from future gun attacks.
Featured is Butler County Ohio, where the debate is raging due to a devastating mass shooting that took place there two years ago. The documentary will see the town’s Sheriff putting up billboards in an effort to persuade the community to arm teachers.
It also looks at a controversial summer school called Faster, where high school teachers are trained to use guns, deal with potential shooters, and possibly kill a disturbed student wielding a gun.
The 60-minute film follows teachers in this course as they do drills and simulate school shootings.
Balancing the debate will be individuals who strongly disagree with arming teachers, such as a young boy who was shot, and his father, who both have publicly forgiven the school shooter.
Using accounts from students who have had first-hand experience of being under attack, Training Teachers to Kill reveals that some pupils as young as five are trained in how to survive a gun attack.
“After the Parkland School massacre in Florida, Trump’s tweet that teachers should be armed made headlines around the world,” commented producer and Creative Director Katie Buchanan.
“His suggestion that teachers be armed made headlines around the world. In reality there are actual training centres which focus on teaching high school teachers how to shoot in order to protect pupils in their school.”