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My 2 Cents: Arming Teachers, Administrators Should Be Up To School Districts

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The small school district of Wilson, just east of Ardmore, is the first to utilize a new state law allowing districts to arm public school teachers and faculty.

I talked with the Wilson superintendent Eric Smith Tuesday afternoon.

He said he took it to the Wilson school board and they agreed unanimously.

His thinking is to protect the kids, including his own, in small town school buildings where the nearest police tactical team is 13 miles away.

He said all of the feedback has been positive, and in fact, most of the district's 35 or so employees said they would be willing to undergo the required security guard training to carry a firearm.

He selected six of them scattered in each of the district's schools.

I've said before, I support each district's right to make that decision, and for Wilson, I think it makes sense.

McAlester, meanwhile, voted on the idea Monday night, and the school board decided no teachers or administrators will carry guns.

But McAlester is a much different situation than Wilson.

They have two armed campus officers, and 42 municipal police officers right there in town to respond to any school threat.

Exactly why this sensitive issue it best left to the individual districts.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.  

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