Skip to comments.Marshall County Legislator Wants to Arm School Administrators
Posted on 12/27/2012 7:39:14 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Following the events two weeks ago in Newtown, Connecticut, an Alabama state representative wants to arm administrators at every school.
Kerry Rich of Albertville said it is still early in the process and there is still a lot to review, but the bill would allow superintendents to recommend certain principals and teachers to have guns at school, and boards of education would approve or deny the appointments.
We need to have someone that is armed and has a weapon available to them in case any of these incidents were to ever happen in any of our schools, Rich said.
Rich and the Alabama legislatures Education Policy Committee will meet January 9 to discuss the proposed bill with the state policemens association, the state sheriffs association, district attorneys, and educators including the Alabama state superintendent.
He was working on developing this legislation before the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where witnesses said principal Dawn Hochsprung confronted and tried to stop the gunman before he shot and killed her.
If she had had a gun, she could have taken this person out and I think it would have saved a lot of lives and saved the lives of a lot of little children, Rich said.
Representative Rich has a six-year-old granddaughter, and he said watching the reports come out of Newtown really touched his heart and he wants to use his influence in Montgomery to try and prevent it from ever happening in Alabama.
He said the current gun free zones at schools are announcements to attackers that there are no guns on campus, which makes them targets.
They go to areas where they realize and they understand theres not going to be any real resistance to them, for a period of time anyway for police officers to arrive and that takes time to get there and the carnage has already been done, Rich said.
If these people knew there were people inside the schools that had guns that could confront them, and blow them away before theyre able to harm any innocent person, I think that would make a difference.
The school staff members would go through training like a police officer on how to use the weapon and how to respond to certain scenarios, and would also be required to renew their certification every six months.
Teachers would also be evaluated to make sure they were prepared and stable.
I dont think its a good idea to arm all teachers, Rich said. I think thats a bad idea.
But some administrators and police officers would prefer not to arm any teachers.
I had rather see some kind of funding come down to put officers [in schools] who are trained to react to different situations, Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis said.
Davis said Richs proposal has merit and more should be done to increase safety, but he said he doesnt know if anything could have been to prevent the deaths in Sandy Hook, and he isnt sure arming school staff is the best solution. He plans to give more consideration to Richs proposal and that it may turn out to be the best idea, but wants to explore others as well.
Some of the teachers and administrators ive talked to dont want a weapon because theyre not comfortable with them, Davis said.
Boaz City Schools superintendent Mark Isley said his two biggest concerns about arming teachers involve the training they receive and the communication they have with police.
He would also prefer to see the state allocate funding for police officers at schools instead.
Isley said his ideal response would be to have undercover police or plains-clothes officers at the school, and said one option would be to have retired officers or state troopers.
Boaz schools currently have a retired state trooper as their school resource officer.
Isley said that is cheaper than having a current officer on duty or paying overtime, as the state allows a maximum salary of $22,000 to retired officers working in that position.
I’m offended by their even mentioning the cost of putting an trained officer in every school because of the unbelievable amount of money we pour into education. There should be trained officers at every entrance of every school regardless of the cost. What is the life of one child worth? Sadly only a fraction of the money we pour into education actually makes it to the schools. The vast majority goes into the infinite sink hole of the Department of Education. That needs to be done away with, but won’t happen as long as we have marxists, communists, and socialists in power. Yes, you liberals are a little of all three.
My childhood memories of that area (Albertville, Guntersville, Horton, Douglas) are of everybody leaving their doors unlocked and virtually no crime. We would walk down the roads (as boys) and strangers we didn't know would invite us on their front porches for glasses of iced tea and cornbread or biscuits.
Why not just ban the stupid government schools , all of them?
Let people choose a private school or home schooling.
A private school can advertise it's security and then parents will choose. It's something called freedom of choice, freedom, liberty , the free market , any one ever heard of that instead of sending their children to government buildings where they are subject to socialist brainwashing , learning nothing useful, and ridiculous totalitarian rules.
what 93% of detroit 8th graders can't even read , are illiterate and people don't see the problem? problem is always government and government schools in this case.
I was born and raised in Albertville and graduated from AHS so these are my stomping grounds too. You are correct. As a child growing up there I was allowed to play outdoors and roam all over with never a concern about safety from from criminal intent. There was none. Not so now though. I don't think there is now a place in this country that I would allow my children to play outdoors unsupervised. Times have changed in so many ways.
What a great idea! If at least one person in any school was armed that would be a great deterent to the disaffected social misfits who would even contemplate entering a school with violent intent.
Is it any coincidence that there have been no school shootings in Inner City schools? Hell no, the perp knows that he may get one shot off before students in the city schools would blow his/her brains out with their concealed guns.
Florida public schools have an SRO.. School resource officer, who usually is a deputy sheriff. Where I used to teach in Bradenton, the deputy worked the school 10 months, and worked as a detective the other 2. He was armed. About 1/2 the time there was usually another officer on campus as well, undergoing training by our SRO.