Should guns be allowed on school campus?

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 First at Five, May 17, 2007

AIKEN, S.C.---Should guns be allowed on school campus?

It's a question that has a lot of people talking in South Carolina after some lawmakers say concealed weapons should be allowed on campuses, even at elementary schools.

After last month's deadly shootings at Virginia Tech some supporters of the bill say it could prevent school shootings, but not everyone agrees.

Vice-Chancellor at USC-Aiken, Deb Kladivko, says even the possiblity of the bill passing in the state, scares them even more.

"Students will be worried if the person sitting next to them has a gun in the classroom," Kladivko said.

The bill would allow anyone 21 and older with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to do so on school grounds.

But students are uneasy about the measure.

"I'm not for it because you never know what a student is capable of," USC-Aiken student, Shantivia Boneparte said.

"I think it's unnecessary to have any weapon on campus," USC-Aiken student, Chris Reckart said.

Assistant professor at USC-Aiken, Maggi Morehouse, echoes the same concerns saying if anyone could carry a gun how would officers even know who to arrest?

"What I don't want to be in the middle of is, is a shootout of who are the good guys and the bad guys," she said.

To make matters worse, school administrators say because college is one of the most stressful times in a person's life, students are more susceptible to erratic behavior.

"When you're grading someones intellect, whether they put the comma in the right place or not I don't think you want to introduce any kind of weapon into it," Morehouse said.

The bill has been approved by a state house subcommittee and now it will head to the house judiciary committee.

But it's not expected to pass the legislature before lawmakers adjourn next month.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by rubyani gonzalez on Jan 9, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    sike no one should carry a gun in school at all period. would you like to send you kid to school when a teacher has a loaded gun
  • by Christina Location: Aiken on May 29, 2007 at 04:46 PM
    This is the most craziest thing i have ever heard. I am a college student and i dont think that i should have to sit in a class where i could get shot if i dont let the student next to me copy my paper. Why can't they cary bombs why they are at it then they can kill everyone at once instead of hundreds? Why dont the spend our tax money on more cameras and better police at the school or even metal detectors dont just give a bunch of people some guns and let them run around with them.
  • by carol Location: aiken sc on May 20, 2007 at 04:27 AM
    no way should guns be allowed in any schools.what good will that do by the time students reach for there weapon its to late.i think keepin doors locked
  • by Judge Location: Frog Lick on May 19, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    It's amazing the rehetoric that opponents of the 2nd Admendment will engange in. First of all, several states have allowed CCW on campus, there have been zero deaths or riots, but two on campus murderers have been stopped by individuals liscensed to carry. The best target for a mass murderer is a place where he will face little or no opposition - a gun free zone. He doesn't care about the law, he just wants a free fire zone. Secondly, why should an individual be prohibited from protecting himself- what is the logic in that. He can protect himself on one side of the street but not the other? And that makes the campus safer? Again, several states have passed concealed carry. No students have been overcome by 'fear' none misplaced a comma (how stupid is that). We've seen how unarmed students fare against armed assailants and examples of how armed ones fare. One case has greater fatalities, the other less. Which to choose??
  • by Spike Location: Augusta on May 18, 2007 at 12:46 PM
    Nonsense! It has NOT come to this! Don't lay this kind of burden on teachers, either! I was a teacher. Carry a gun, indeed! Richmond County, for one, has competent, armed school officers trained in police procedures. Teachers have been trained to be teachers, not cops. It seems to me that the people who rant emotionally that everybody and his brother should be armed are the very ones who shouldn't be anywhere near a firearm.
  • by NIKKI Location: AUGUSTA on May 18, 2007 at 09:47 AM
    NO!!!!!WE ARE HAVING ENOUGH TROUBLE IN OUR SCHOOLS AS IT IS!!!THATS LIKE PUTTING A DRUG IN AN ADDICTS HAND AND TELLING THEM NOT TO DO IT. I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WANT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, HOWEVER WE SHOULD PUSH AGAINST GUNS AND MORE WAYS TO PROTECT AT THE DOORS AND SUCH RATHER THAN PROMOTING THEM!!! THIS IS A HORRIBLE IDEA, AND WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE BLOODSHED!!!
  • by KIM Location: AUGUSTA on May 18, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    THIS IS THE CRAZIEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD. GUNS AT SCHOOL IS INSANE!!!
  • by DEBORAH D BROOKS Location: augusta on May 17, 2007 at 10:11 PM
    I have a upcoming freshman to attend USC, are you crazy!! We don't know who is who, don't invite gun holding young, some out of control people to walk aroung w/loaded weapons. Please take into consideration what could happen if someone is just having a bad day, or someone that is mentally stressed and just decides to began to shoot up the damn campus. Stop the madness, something is wrong w/you people.
  • by kim Location: Augusta on May 17, 2007 at 07:43 PM
    It is sad that we have come to this.But our teachers need protection.Guns should only be allowed by people with proper training.All teachers,and school officials should be able to protect themself,but they should also have proper training and carry a conceled premit.And pray and hope they will never have to use it.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 newsroom@wrdw.com Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 7560417 - wrdw.com/a?a=7560417
Gray Television, Inc.