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Fox News suddenly decides teachers deserve a raise — if they pack heat

Suddenly concerned with teacher pay, Fox News likes the idea of flooding schools with guns.

By Eric Boehlert - February 23, 2018
Fox & Friends

Endorsing Trump’s NRA-backed plan to “harden” American schools by weaponizing them through armed teachers, Fox News on Friday morning cheered the idea as good news for educators.

The “Fox & Friends” team presented the radical and potentially dangerous idea as a nice way for teachers to add a little money to their paycheck — in exchange for one day possibly being asked to open fire on their students.

Whereas some teachers supplement their incomes by becoming coaches or teaching driver’s education, Fox seems to think strapping on a gun before heading to work could be a way for teachers to earn a boost their paycheck.

In the wake of America’s latest mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers, Trump suggested educators would be paid “a little bit of a bonus” for being willing to risk their lives in the classroom.

“I want my schools protected just like I want my banks protected,” he said.

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt liked that idea. “My sister’s a teacher in South Carolina. It’s giving teachers the option, you get a bonus. My sister doesn’t get paid — gosh, they don’t get paid enough,” she lamented.

Co-host Pete Hegseth quickly agreed. “Yeah, teachers don’t get paid much.”

“They really don’t,” Earnhard insisted. “And living paycheck to paycheck, that’s what our teachers are doing. This gives them an opportunity, if they feel comfortable, concealing and carrying — then they can get a bonus. ”

Fox’s newfound concern for teacher pay runs counter to years of teacher-bashing at the network, and specifically Fox News’ long history of attacking teacher unions, which work to secure top pay for their members.

Meanwhile, the idea of flooding schools with teachers’ guns has routinely, and emphatically, been met with strong resistance from teachers themselves.

And most Parkland survivors being interviewed have expressed strong opposition to Trump’s radical idea of arming teachers.

“Madness. Just absolute madness,” student Sam Zeif told CNN Thursday when asked about Trump’s radical, NRA fantasy plan.

Buy hey, Fox News thinks the spare change is worth it.

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