As state legislators debate on what measures should be taken to prevent school shootings, one rural school district in Colorado is not waiting around and has given the green light for teachers and staff to be armed.
The New York Post reports the Hanover School District 28 board voted 3-2 to allow school employees to go through training and be armed during school hours.
Fleming School Superintendent Steve McCracken said staff who volunteer for carrying during work will undergo 46 hours of training, including live fire shooting, have to go through annual training, and will receive a psychological examination.
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School board president Mark McPherson is not sold on the idea: “We need to leave that to the professionals.”
School board member Michael Lawson has been pushing for school staff to be armed since June 2016.
“I don’t care if any of the staff ever pick up a gun,” Lawson told The Gazette in 2016. “The fact that you have a ‘No guns’ sign at your front door is an invitation. If this resolution passes, we can put up a sign, ‘Some staff at this school may be armed.’ To me, that’s a deterrent.”
Colorado State House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R), a Columbine High School shooting survivor, is planning on introducing legislation that will allow concealed carry permit holders to enter school buildings with firearms.
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