Teachers and other staff in a rural Colorado district will be allowed to carry guns in order to help them protect their students.
CBS News reports, the Hanover School District 28 board voted 3-2 on Wednesday night, and their decision allows school employees to be armed as long as they trained first.
About 270 students attend 2 schools that are located 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs. It takes 20 minutes for the police to get there. This district and four others share an armed school resource officer for now.
Board member Michael Lawson supported the idea because it will protect students, and prevent possible violence fueled by nearby marijuana fields. Lawson believes that these fields are associated with foreign cartels.
The training procedure will last for months.
School board President Mark McPherson stated that the community had split opinion on this matter. The retired Army officer believes that this won’t help prevent major disaster, like an active shooter for example.
“Our rooms are supposed to be locked and secure. We have cameras. We have a very vigilant staff,” the oficer said. “We are authorizing teachers to pull a weapon and kill a human being, and I cannot support that.”
He believes that the connection between this district and foreign cartels is a nice bedtime story. But, who knows?
Teachers in this district will get their weapons next August, right before the start of the school year.
Some believe that there won’t be proper training.
The attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012 made other Colorado districts and Texas, Oklahoma, and California back up similar ideas.
The teachers and staff members must undergo 46 hours of training at the beginning. This would include live fire training, then yearly training and of course, a psychological examination. This training costs a total of $3,000, and there are still no details about the cost of the ammunition and weapons. McCracken believes that this is better than hiring an outside security officer.
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