The teachers' unions of Westchester and Putnam counties are speaking out about against the National Rifle Association's suggestion that school officials should carry guns.

The organizations held a news conference in Harrison Thursday to say they disagree with the NRA's idea that school officials should carry weapons to protect against armed intruders.

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The school officials say guns should be in the hands of police officers and the focus should be on helping the mentally ill.

"The best way to protect and ensure the health and safety of your children and the people that work in our schools is prevention," Harrison School Superintendent Louis Wool said.