Crocker School Board Approves Arming District Employees


CROCKER, Mo.–Employees in one Southwest Missouri school district are placing the safety of students into their own hands. 

The Crocker School Board voted last week to allow district employees to be armed with guns. 

One high school teacher tells KOLR10 although she’s sad we’re living in a time where armed teachers might be necessary in school, she wants to do whatever it takes to keep students safe.

In a five to one vote, the school board decided to allow all employees to be armed with guns.

Before that happens, any interested teacher must submit an application to the superintendent requesting it then a public hearing will take place.

After that, the teacher has to go through three weeks of training before the superintendent will consider them. 

However, the guns won’t be provided by the district and staff members have to keep them on their person at all times.

Science teacher Marteen Nolan says she doesn’t feel comfortable with carrying a gun but is in favor of other teachers doing it to keep students safe.

“I can’t imagine how these teenagers must feel to come to school and think in terms of you know am I going to get shot today?” says Nolan. 

School board member Jeff Curry was the only no vote in the decision. 

 “I just see too many bad scenarios playing out. I’ve had students tell me that it will not make them feel safer, it will only make them feel less safe,” says Curry.

So far, the superintendent says about six teachers have expressed interest in carrying guns, but they haven’t applied yet to do so. 

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