School Districts Discuss Armed Teachers in Schools

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CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. — After the tragic school shooting in Florida resulting in 17 people killed, President Trump said more guns can keep students safe.

Locally, superintendents in Christian County school districts are having safety meetings to discuss the possibility of arming teachers.

“These people are cowards. They’re not gonna walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns,” said President Trump.

Every school district in Christian County said they had or will be having meetings to discuss having teachers carry guns in schools, but not everybody is on board.

“We do not believe in arming teachers,” said Zac Rantz, the chief communication officer and safety coordinator at Nixa public schools.

Most superintendents said they’re going to have armed and trained officials protect their schools, instead of arming teachers.

They said school communities are focusing on protecting the safety of their students.

“Our community has really done a good job of providing for our students and for the safety for our students,” said Kevin Patterson, the superintendent of the Ozark school district.

For example, schools in the Ozark district already have armed and trained officers protecting students.

“We have people who are trained and who know how to handle emergencies in difficult situations, and we have cars for those people, they are in our buildings and patrolling our buildings at all times,” said Patterson.

“We believe relying on our school police officers to handle any situation involving an intruder and they’re the ones that should be armed,” said Rantz.

But schools that don’t already have trained officers are keeping this option open.

“We’re a very small school with a small budget. We have tried in the past and we’ve had some resource officer, there’s a lot of things that we’re looking into but that is one thing that will be discussed with our board,” said Cynthia Brandt, the superintendent at Billings school district.

She said they will be having their meeting next month. 

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