Should school officials be allowed to pack heat?

Should school officials be allowed to carry weapons? (WRDW-TV)
Should school officials be allowed to carry weapons? (WRDW-TV)
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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Would your child be safer if principals, teachers and even bus drivers were allowed to carry guns? Right now, there's a bill that could allow that to happen.

It's at the top of everyone's mind, especially with the massacre that happened in Newtown, Conn., last month.

"I don't want my child in the classroom with a teacher who is armed," said Monique Braswell, president of the Richmond County PTA.

Packing lunches, packing book bags and if a new bill passes, school Administrators could possibly be carrying guns.

"I would not be in favor of that at this time," said Sen. Hardie Davis.

"Come on now, whose ridiculous idea is this?" asked Braswell.

It's part of a bill introduced by State Rep. Paul Battles. The bill would give school boards the choice to allow one or more administrators to carry a concealed weapon on a school campus. Click here to read the bill.

"You take prayer out of schools and replace it with guns. You don't allow us to discipline our kids, but it's OK for a teacher to shoot them," Braswell said.

The question is: How do we defend those who can't protect themselves? The bill also calls for training school officials before allowing them to enter the classroom.

"You let the teacher bring a gun to school and the teacher shoots a student. They'll be claiming self-defense," Braswell said.

Some say adding police officers to elementary schools is way too expensive and that it's simply cheaper to arm principals and teachers.

In South Carolina, a bill filed by Rep. Bakari Sellers ensures a continuous presence of a student resource officer at all public schools in South Carolina. It also gives them full arrest powers on campus. Read more here.

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