South Dakota to allow armed teachers in schools

 
Joanna Baginska a fourth-grade teacher from Odyssey Charted School, in American Fork, Utah,  aims a gun 27 December 2012, Teachers will not be forced to carry guns under the South Dakota law

The US state of South Dakota has enacted a law allowing school districts to arm teachers and other school staff.

The law's backers say it will prevent mass school shootings like a December massacre in Connecticut that killed 26.

Amid a push by the White House to strengthen gun laws, the bill reflects a growing divide in the US over whether more or fewer guns keep people safe.

The measure does not force school districts to arm teachers and will not require teachers to carry guns.

But it allows each school district to choose if staff could be armed. It takes effect in July.

Under the Republican-sponsored bill, school staff given permission to carry firearms on campus will be known as "school sentinels". The state has given a law enforcement commission the task of establishing a training programme for the sentinels.

Several representatives of school boards, teachers and other staff spoke against the bill in legislative hearings, arguing guns would make schools more dangerous.

But sponsor Representative Scott Craig said this week had heard from a number of school officials who back it.

Mr Craig said rural districts do not have the money to hire full-time police officers.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 121.

    I have the feeling this won't help matters.

    Arm Teachers? People who want to do that kind of stuff will just use surprise on the teachers and take them out first... or use alternative methods to commit crimes like this.

    Also ups the risk of a teacher breaking and using the gun. Sure another teacher can stop them, but by the time another teacher enters, a classroom could be dead.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 120.

    Great idea, there's nobody less likely to harbour murderous resentment towards school students than a teacher. I can see no possible way in which this could backfire.
    For safety reasons, the guns should be as accessible as possible, kept in unlocked drawers & hung on walls.
    (I am being sarcastic, although I realise it's difficult to tell between sarcasm & genuine NRA beliefs).

  • rate this
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    Comment number 119.

    106

    And the total number of school children killed in kitchen knife massacres in the US is ?

    I personally feel if you spent a few months in Iceland, educating yourself on how a successful country deals with banks, guns and the welfare of it's citizens, it would benefit not only yourself but the rest of us aswell.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 118.

    104.CURTAINS 2012

    One good shot will have already killed the teacher, being a psycho does mean that the shooter doesn't know whom to take out first reagrdless of the il/legallity of the weapon used.
    --
    So your solution is just do nothing and get massacred. Personally I would sooner take my chances rather than have no chance.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 117.

    108.Cariboo
    5 Minutes ago
    What matters is a cool head and a steady aim. Practice, lots of it and most people can become skilled marksmen able to break clay pigeons at 100 yards with a pistol.

    +++

    Would a teacher whose flag indoctination session has just been interrupted by a gunperson have that "cool head"?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 116.

    A situation for which the phrase "You couldn't make it up" was made for.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 115.

    When will the first parent of a child just started at school be shot on entering simply because he/she was not recognised as a (theoretically) 'safe' person?

    Teachers are trained to teach, they are not experts on criminal psychology, nor are they likely to have lightening-fast reactions.

    Arming Teachers makes them the first target - they would have no chance against surprise automatic fire.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 114.

    One reason the Act was introduced is to provide 'safety' to those schools that cannot afford the cost of dedicated security staff and security measures such as metal detectors etc.
    Assuming the US citizens are resolute that such measures are required, why don't the well known US soft drinks firms and other US global giants offer to sponsor them?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 113.

    106.powermeerkat
    Just now

    Because nobody anywhere in the world has figured out how to take firearms (or other deadly weapons) away from criminals, terrorists, loonies, etc., who obtain them mostly through illegal means.


    +++

    I.E. The argument that arms with a high rate of fire are illegal does not address the actual situation.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 112.

    @100 When was the last time one of these sociopaths only carried a single pistol? As such, you'll be requiring teachers to 'tool up' accordingly.
    This is lunatic logic- madman goes on gun rampage with cache of accumulated arms, answer, match that firepower.
    Howabout, madmen repeatedly go on gun rampage with cache of accumulated arms, answer, stop madmen obtaining that firepower.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 111.

    So who watches the armed teachers and staff? Are they all perfectly balanced at all times? Were any passed over for promotion, been jilted by their lovers or have extremist views?

    How many 'mishaps' happen with highly trained soldiers and police officers? Would I be happy knowing that little Miss Potter, has a magnum in her handbag, which she has had a half day course on how to use?

    I think not.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 110.

    100. powermeerkat

    "Plus: one good shot can kill a shooting criminal/loony."

    What unbelievably weak arguments the pro-gun lobby have.

    "Home of the brave"? The brave acknowledge and rise above their fears, it is the coward who succumbs to them.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 109.

    Once again the U.S. is trying to prove it is a unique country, moving from savagery to decadence while opting out of the intervening stage known to other countries as civilisation.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 108.

    85.Coggin

    Only in hollywood is the good guy faster on the draw everytime.
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    An idiot statement. What matters is a cool head and a steady aim. Practice, lots of it and most people can become skilled marksmen able to break clay pigeons at 100 yards with a pistol. A person at 100 yards is a huge target for the practiced.

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 106.

    "Take guns out of circulation completely you idiots"


    Why do you think British bobbies got finally armed?

    Because nobody anywhere in the world has figured out how to take firearms (or other deadly weapons) away from criminals, terrorists, loonies, etc., who obtain them mostly through illegal means.

    PS The most frequently used deadly weapon is kitchen knife.

    The deadliest- CAR!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 105.

    What a total mess this is. Yes armed teachers can protect against shooters.

    but

    If teachers are armed then one day, it could happen that a perfectly kind and well meaning benevolent, but nervous, scared and armed teacher will, shoot a kid as they reach into their pocket for a gun ... or a pocket calculator.

    The NRA, must be Obama's nemesis.

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    Comment number 104.

    100.powermeerkat
    2 Minutes ago
    And no automatic weapon (machine gun) can be legally purchased or sold in the USA.

    Plus: one good shot can kill a shooting criminal/loony.

    +++

    One good shot will have already killed the teacher, being a psycho does mean that the shooter doesn't know whom to take out first reagrdless of the il/legallity of the weapon used.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 103.

    Many of the attacks at schools have been carried out by people with serious mental health issues. Is the suggestion here that teachers are less likely to have such problems? Time will tell whether we get future world headlines that 'teacher slays pupils' in mass shootings.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 102.

    Could this be paranoia on steroids? If someone is so mentally disturbed that they feel the need to kill numbers of innocent children, is the possibility that, at some point, someone might return fire going to deter them - of course not.

    Spreading fear amongst children will make them easier to govern when they become adult - they have already been brainwashed by regular 'Flag Worship'.

 

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