Quinta Brunson on Why 'Abbott Elementary' Won't Cover School Shootings

“I don’t want to open up my show to that political violence,” she explained.

Quinta Brunson isn’t here for filming a school shooting episode of “Abbott Elementary.”

“Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker interviewed Brunson, a fellow Philadelphian, for the Glamour Women of the Year cover feature. The creator of the Emmy award-winning series spoke about how such violence represents "two different realities" of teaching.

“I just think about the day-to-day in a workplace comedy, and I don’t think that that’s the realistic day-to-day in the classroom,” Brunson told Welker.

While acknowledging the troubling frequency of school shootings, Brunson believes that a school shooting episode would not fit into the reality of the show's universe, which is focused on the challenges and joys of teaching in a public school.

“There are two different realities,” she said. “There’s the one present in the classroom where teachers are just trying to get through a lesson. And then there’s the outside perspective of us engaging with teachers through the news.”

Brunson likened her thinking on this subject to her approach to race in the comedy, for which she said she "really wanted to start with the everyday story first, and let everything else fall into place."

“I wanted to talk about, instead of ‘Janine confronts her Blackness,’ or ‘Janine deals with this race issue,’ it’s really just like, ‘Janine is trying to change a light bulb.’ I think that’s the way the majority of the people that I [know are],” she said.

Speaking on the difficulties of incorporating a school shooting episode on “Abbott Elementary,”  Brunson said, "For audiences, these school shootings are the biggest thing happening," but for her teacher friends, "today they're just trying to get through this lesson."

“They’re just trying to get the reading scores up. They’re just trying to do this job. If anything, the school shooting thing is in the background, like, ‘F**k.’ It’s kind of like, ‘We got to deal with that too?'”

According to Sandy Hook Promise, more than 338,000 students in the U.S. have experienced gun violence at school since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.

“I don’t want to open up my show to that political violence,” she explained. “I consider it that at this point — even the discourse of it is violent. And although I participate in it outside of my show and I’m a huge advocate for eradicating gun violence in this country…I don’t think my show has to carry that.”

Last year, Brunson addressed why “Abbott Elementary” wouldn’t explore school shootings on X (formerly Twitter) after fans inquired about it following a school shooting in Texas.

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