May 24 (UPI) -- As lawmakers debate whether to train teachers to carry firearms to potentially engage with school shooters, New Hampshire's legislature passed a bill that would give $100,000 to the families of teachers killed on the job.
The death benefit would go to the families of teachers, and any full-time or part-time public school workers "killed in the line of duty." K-12 schools, community colleges and public universities are included.
"I pray to God that we never have to use the death benefit," state Rep. Mary Heath, a Democrat, told CNN.
The move comes as schools and lawmakers debate how to keep students and teachers safe amid some high-profile school shootings. Earlier this month, two substitute teachers were among the 10 dead during a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a geography teacher, football coach and athletic director died in a shooting in February.
After the Florida shooting, President Donald Trump floated the idea of allowing teachers with firearm experience to carry concealed weapons on campus to limit response time in the event of a shooting.
"This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it's called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They'd go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone," the president said during a listening session with Parkland survivors in February. "Gun-free zone to a maniac -- because they're all cowards -- a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and let's attack because bullets aren't coming back at us."
During a town hall event, Ashley Kurth, a culinary instructor at Stoneman Douglas who sheltered nearly 70 students during the shooting, questioned whether she will be expected to receive firearm training and keep a bulletproof vest in the classroom.
Nelson said arming faculty is a "terrible idea."