House panel OKs armed schools

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