Law could allow guns in schools
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:48:38 GMT —
Teachers armed with guns. Do you think it would make schools safer?
The new gun bill signed by Governor Nathan Deal allows school districts to decide whether or not that can happen.
It's being called the "guns everywhere" bill.
Cheryl Cruel-Simmons teaches in Grady County.
"It heightens the sense of emergency and too many things can go on," Simmons said. "They just have no place in schools. We have resource officers who have guns and they have practice and experience in situations like that. Teachers, we don't have."
Dougherty County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Mosely says he's made a decision for his schools.
"My recommendation to our board will be no, no, no," Dr. Mosely said.
Dr. Mosely is a hunter. He owns a couple of pistols but says he'll leave it to the school resource officers to keep the children safe.
"I'm not going to be packing," he said. "Again, I probably have a lot more training than most people but at the same point in time, I'm not a certified police officer."
Simmons agrees with Mosely and says all of her coworkers are on the same page.
"I don't believe that my school system would opt in," Simmons said. "I just don't think we have enough experience as teachers to think with rationally in situations like that."
In the coming months, school boards across the state will be voting to allow or not allow teachers and administrators to carry guns on them.