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South Dakota To Allow Armed Teachers

Posted 3/09/2013 9:30 am by
South Dakota, where teachers will have guns.

South Dakota, where teachers will have guns.

Violence in schools seems to be growing at an exponential rate, or at least we’re hearing about it more often.  After many recent episodes of school violence, people have called for arming someone–anyone inside a school that would be capable of stopping, or at least slowing down, a dedicated shooter, be it a security guard, an actual cop, or someone else.  South Dakota has taken steps towards becoming the first state to allow armed people in schools.  South Dakota has passed a law making it up to the local school district to decide if they want to allow armed teachers.

The state’s law enforcement commission will be in charge of training the armed teachers, who will be given the title of school sentinels   The sentinels will be the only staff allowed to carry firearms on school grounds.  School districts will not be forced to arm teachers, nor will teachers be forced to carry guns.  Starting in July, districts will have the option to allow armed teachers and administrators.

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