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My 2 Cents: School Districts Can Decide Whether To Arm Teachers

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Almost lost in the middle of all of these storms, is a big story, a very controversial proposal that in the end passed the Oklahoma legislature quite easily, but a lot of people are unhappy about it, I'm not one of them.

It gives local school boards the power to decide how they're going to protect their students, even if it means allowing a teacher, an administrator or staff member to carry a gun.

Schools in the remote country side of Oklahoma usually don't have full time police officers walking the halls. Metro schools usually do. So, heaven forbid someone with bad intentions targets a country school, who's going to stop them?

Teachers can lock the doors and turn out the lights, but if it takes county lawmen 30 minutes to get there.

Now, local school boards can authorize a school employee or employees to undergo about two weeks of armed security guard training, and carry a firearm in the school building.

I visited Harrold Texas, one of those very remote school districts, and the principal there is armed and the teachers, and parents we talked to support it and feel that their kids are safer because of it.

Now it's up to the individual school districts in Oklahoma to decide, as it should be.

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