School districts would be able to arm employees under legislation passed Monday in the House Education Committee.
The legislation originally was filed by Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, R-Burnsville, in response to the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn. It would allow school districts to designate certain employees to be armed.
House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said that in an emergency situation like the one in Newtown, a number of people could be killed before law enforcement had time to respond to a call for help.
“Time results in dead bodies,” he said. “This is just a way to allow school districts the chance to protect themselves.”
He termed the designated employees “a secret armed marshal force.”
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal