Teachers may get $100K if they are 'killed in the line of duty'

Teachers may get $100K if they are 'killed in the line of duty'

The bill, HB1415, would give $100,000 to the family of not just teachers but any full-time or part-time public school employee killed in an act of violence while working in the state’s schools, including community colleges and universities.
A spokesman for New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said the governor will sign the bill, CNN affiliate WMUR reports.
There has been, on average, 1 school shooting every week this year

One of the bill’s sponsors said she wants the families of teachers and staff to be taken care of financially in case the unthinkable happens.

“I pray to God that we never have to use the death benefit,” state Rep. Mary Heath, a Democrat who is also a retired teacher, told CNN.

Heath said she gets “teary-eyed” just thinking about all of the school shootings. “It’s so disturbing to think that children can’t be safe in schools,” she said.

Heath was an educator for 42 years and her daughter is a teacher. She said they talked about the recent shootings and agreed “in a heartbeat we would all stand up to protect our students.”

The death-benefit measure was included in a $10 million bill to improve security in the state’s public schools, Heath said.

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