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    VClib, mjbleo, ffour, nextstep

    Hate to break it to you, but 18 states already permitted this prior to 12/14.

    When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

    by Patrick Costighan on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:01:19 AM PST

    •  here's my read--correct if wrong (6+ / 0-)
      Several other states already have provisions in their laws — or no legal restrictions — that make it possible for teachers to possess guns in the classroom. In fact, a handful of school districts nationwide do have teachers who carry firearms. But South Dakota is the only known state with a statute that specifically authorizes teachers to possess a firearm in a K-12 school.
      Sounds like the other states already allowed guns to be carried in schools but did not have legislation specific to schools.

      Thank you, Richard Myers. We'll finish it for you. http://stoprush.net

      by ProgLegs on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:06:19 AM PST

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        mjbleo, nextstep

        That's correct, but it's not much of a distinction.

        When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

        by Patrick Costighan on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:08:51 AM PST

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      •  ProgLegs - there are several rural school (4+ / 0-)

        districts in Texas that have been using this "air marshal" model for a years. One or two employees at each school, and not necessarily teachers, after significant training, are armed. The armed employees are not identified and are there should the school come under assault.

        I think the South Dakota law is very thoughtful and it includes several important features such as the connection with local law enforcement, the significant training required, and that all school employees (not just teachers) could volunteer.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 06:41:46 AM PST

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        •  schools where I am (2+ / 0-)
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          have a city police officer that works at the school.  This seems the safest model to me.  I think it's irresponsible to even allow the possibility of a teacher having a gun in the classroom.  Let teachers focus on curriculum and leave security to professionals.  Too many things can go wrong.  

          I've been through my share of "significant trainings."  They never seem to be as significant as they are advertised.

          Thank you, Richard Myers. We'll finish it for you. http://stoprush.net

          by ProgLegs on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 07:25:18 AM PST

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          •  I agree a police officer on campus is best (2+ / 0-)
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            nextstep, Patrick Costighan

            and of all the staff at a school I think a teacher may not be the best "air marshal" candidate. These are all volunteer assignments and all schools won't have someone who wants the responsibility. I do think it's a model worth using in school districts where it has the support of the community and the schools.  

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 07:42:00 AM PST

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