Trump administration considers funding guns in schools

The Trump administration is considering allowing schools to access federal education funding to purchase guns for teachers, US media report.

The Department of Education (DoE) is looking at allowing states to use academic enrichment funds for firearms, the New York Times first reported.

The federal grant being considered for this purpose is one that does not specifically prohibit buying weapons.

Congress forbids using federal funds for school safety to purchase weapons.

DoE spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill told CBS News: "The department is constantly considering and evaluating policy issues, particularly issues related to school safety."

"The secretary nor the department issues opinions on hypothetical scenarios," she added.

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In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in March that left 17 people dead, US lawmakers passed a $50m (39m) school safety bill that approved spending on metal detectors, locks and other security - but expressly forbade the purchase of guns.

US media report that the DoE is now turning to Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to serve as a way of arming teachers and school officials with federal funds.