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DES MOINES, Iowa — The heartbreak of seventeen innocent students and teachers killed in the mass shooting in Florida continues to be felt across the country, including within the Iowa State Education Association.  “Our members are sad, they are scared, they are frustrated that we`re at this point,” said ISEA President Tammy Wawro.

President Donald Trump commended the courage of every victim in the mass shooting and offered a solution to stop future tragedies.  “That coach was very brave. Saved a lot of lives I suspect but if he had a firearm he wouldn’t have had to run.  He would have shot and that would have been the end of it,” said President Trump.

President Trump’s position, to arm certain teachers that have a military background or firearm training has been met with stiff opposition from the Des Moines Police Department.  Sergeant Parizek said,  “It is a skill set that diminishes.  That’s why we practice all the time because it requires precision and the only way you keep that is by training all the time.  So is that something teachers want to get involved with?”

Wawro believes more guns does not equal more safety.  Spotting a problem early on does that.  “If we want to introduce more things into our schools we need more counselors, we need more school psychologists, we need help and support with students on a daily basis.”

Wawro says Trump`s recommendation for teachers to become first responders is ironic considering state legislators stripped away some of educators bargaining rights a year ago, in part because they are not recognized as such.  “We are no longer able to sit down and put into contract safety in our school houses and I think it is very ironic that here we are.”

The ISEA is not without a plan, “We might have to discuss how we retro fit the current buildings.  We have to make sure they are safer, entrances are protected, there are things experts need to look at,” said Wawro.  Measures that police believe are more proactive.  “We all know that action beats reaction and the best action in this is to focus on the efforts of figuring out how we keep those guns out of the wrong hands,” said Parizek.

Iowa schools are not immune from guns.  The Des Moines Police Department tells us they seized a total of five firearms on school campuses during the 2016-2017 school year..

DES MOINES, Iowa–  Des Moines Police are reviewing body camera video of officers trying to get a crowd of rowdy teens under control at the downtown Des Moines DART Station Wednesday.

At one point an officer maced a girl and then forces her to the ground.

She and two other Metro high students were arrested.

18-year-old Aaron Keys was arrested for interfering with the arrest.

The 15 second clip of the scuffle, surfaced on social media.

Police say that video does not paint the correct picture.

“Evaluate the right or wrong in this video based on 15 seconds there was 45 min of chaos down there,” Sargent Paul Parizek said.

Police say the scuffle happened after an early out day for Des Moines students.

More than 100 students were bused to the DART Station where police tried to control the crowd.

“He walked up to us and told us if you can’t find no place to sit then go outside I told him its already cold outside,” Aaron Keys said.

That’s when police say keys and two other students became argumentative, loud and disorderly.

The girl in the video was taken into custody for trespassing, she resisted so police sprayed her with mace.

“That’s when it escalated after he slammed her on the ground and it escalated,” Keys said.

Police say a post on social media tipped them off on a potential fight at DART.

Officers wanted to prevent a brawl at DART like the one that happened a month ago.

Police say there is body camera video with no audio, all surveillance video from dart and the 15 second cell phone clip.

Neither will be released until the case is over.