Cyr Calls on Flores "to Apologize to Voters for Misleading Them"

In Oct 13th debate, "Flores denied his support of arming school teachers"
State Senator Julian Cyr

Press release from the Julian Cyr campaign (verbatim)

DENNIS — State Senator Julian Cyr today called on his opponent, John Flores, to correct the record and admit he supports arming school teachers. On March 25, 2018 on WXTK’s Pat Desmarais Show, John Flores was asked by the radio host if he would consider arming school teachers. During the interview, Flores responded by saying, “Absolutely.”  

On October 13, 2018, at a League of Women Voters/Cape Cod Times debate, Senator Cyr asked John Flores to clarify why he supported arming teachers. At the debate, Flores denied saying it. The facts show that Flores – in his own words – did indeed say he would consider arming teachers in schools.  

Here is the exchange transcribed verbatim from the March 2018 interview – the exchange occurred approximately 43 minutes into John Flores’ appearance on the Pat Desmarais show:

Pat Desmarais: “Would you be supportive or willing to engage in the conversation at least about arming school teachers?”

John Flores: “Oh, absolutely, obviously in some states across the country, teachers already are armed, folks that have a license to carry, who understand weaponry, that understand tactical kind of issues – I would take that into consideration. I would want to do more research…” (interrupted by Pat Desmarais)

Pat Desmarais: “There seems to be a lot of pushback, the superintendent of schools in Barnstable said that is an absurd idea.”

John Flores: “I don’t think any idea is absurd.”

“During Saturday’s debate, John Flores accused me of misleading the audience with this question, when in fact the record shows that it was John Flores who was not telling the truth,” said Cyr. “John owes the voters an apology for misleading them.  Voters want to hear what we stand for, they want us to be civil, and above all they want us to be truthful with them.”

Cyr added, “I think it’s important for John to explain why he supported arming school teachers, especially considering his background. It’s troubling that as a Barnstable Town Councilor, his views are in opposition to the Barnstable Superintendent of Schools,  Governor Baker, and most educators in the state who are against arming teachers in schools.”

Supporting Documentation

WXTK – The Pat Desmarais Show, March 25, 2018 with guests John Flores & Mitchell Garabedian.  Below is the link to the March 25th radio show. John Flores & Pat Desmarais exchange on arming teachers starts at approximately 43:04 into the show:

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/wxtk-clips-28451200/episode/patrick-desmarais-29101582/?autoplay=true&cmp=ios_share

“Little support on the Cape for proposal to arm teachers” (Cape Cod Times, February 27, 2018):

Meg Mayo Brown, Superintendent of Barnstable Schools on arming teachers: “I think it’s absurd.” & “Our goal is to keep guns out of schools.”

“‘The day they ask me to carry a gun in the classroom is the last day I teach’” (The Boston Globe, February 22, 2018):

Charlie Baker is against arming teachers: “I don’t think more guns is the answer, in classrooms, to this problem.”  & “Police officers are one thing, but teachers should be teachers.”

“Mass. State Board Says No To Arming Teachers” (Associated Press, March 27, 2018)

“Massachusetts Board of Education Votes Against Arming Teachers” (Boston Magazine, March 28, 2018):

State Education Secretary Jim Peyser is against arming teachers: “Not in the best interests of children.”

State Education Board is against arming teachers:  “Board Members say teachers are hired based on their education skills and credentials, not their skills as a security officer.”


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