VOL. 133 | NO. 74 | Thursday, April 12, 2018
View From the Hill
By Sam Stockard Updated 2:41PM
Just when you think the Tennessee Legislature is going off the deep end, someone will throw them a bungee cord. Maybe a rope made out of hemp would work better because a bungee cord leaves people bouncing, never quite reeling them in.
That’s sort of where the General Assembly sits when it comes to school safety, guns and cannabis.
For instance, a House bill by disgraced Rep. David (Coach) Byrd to enable more weapons training for teachers died last week. Byrd is caught up in allegations by his former Wayne County girls’ basketball players that he groped and tried to kiss them back in the ’80s.
Whether the accusations against him hurt the bill is hard to measure. But the fact lawmakers considered arming teachers, or at least a handful of teachers who would be identified by administrators, is a little alarming. Most of my high school teachers didn’t want guns or weren’t stable enough to