Georgia School District Allows “Certain Personnel” to Carry Concealed Weapons
WMAZ reported that the first Georgia School District to allow specific personnel to carry concealed weapons is the Laurens County School System. Although so far, metro- Atlanta schools have rejected the idea, this school district unanimously passed a resolution on April 12 which would “authorize certain personnel to possess or carry weapons on any property or in any building owned or leased by the district, at a school function, or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the district.”
Georgia state law does allow the individual school districts to make their own determination for concealed weapons.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:
“We are not arming all teachers in (Laurens County schools), nor will we have teachers or any other staff members ‘openly’ carrying firearms during the school day,” Laurens County school Superintendent Dan Brigman told the Macon Telegraph. “The processes to support this approved policy will be developed in a very careful and confidential manner in partnership with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department.”
He said there will be training on judgment, pistol shooting, marksmanship and a review of current laws relating to the use of force for the defense of self or others, the ordinance states. There will also be an approved list of types and quantity of weapons and ammunition authorized.
According to the AJC article, Fannin County is set to consider a similar proposal in May, one that is endorsed by the Sheriff and School Superindentent.
The proposals are controversial because teacher’s unions are against arming teachers.
“We conducted polling several months ago which showed that educators prioritize and strongly support upgrading school safety infrastructure and stationing school resource officers at all schools. A majority of educators responding indicated they would not prefer to carry firearms in schools, though a plurality also indicated they would feel more secure if other employees were armed.” Margaret Ciccarelli, Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Featured photo- Screenshot of Laurens County School District, WMAZ poll