South Dakota to let schools arm teachers
March 8th, 2013
05:39 PM ET

South Dakota to let schools arm teachers

School boards in South Dakota will be permitted to let school employees, hired security personnel or volunteers carry guns in schools under a law signed Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The law, set to go into effect July 1, will let school boards establish "school sentinel" programs.

Under these programs, the school boards can arm people "to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defense of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack," according to the legislation.

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  1. Joe

    Many of the big cities have police officers or security in schools already and have been for several years.There is alot more to just shooting rounds off every other week at a can or just having a permit to conceal and carry. There is a ton of responsibilty as well as having the right frame of mind how to react to a given incident as well as when to or not use a weapon as well as being able to accept and live with the results of having to use one. The volunteer depends on their training,maturity and expierence with a wepon and working with people as well as anyone else.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. adansinai

    teachers sometimes are more frustrated than students, and now they will have guns? hahaha, this will be EPIC!

    March 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triple Lindy

      Judging from your spelling and grammar, no wonder your teachers were frustrated.

      March 9, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. John David

    NEWS FLASH: United States passes law mandating all teachers take conceled carry course. Teachers given option whether or not to carry. Kooks now know a large percentage of teachers are armed. Mass school shootings drop to basically zero. Duh.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    I'm really not trying to be disrespectful with my comments but I am seriously astounded that so many of you Americans still think the way you do. Whether you recognize it or not, you are victims of a generations long propaganda campaign. People like me, and that awful Piers Morgan that you all like to attack over this issue, see the truth clearly because we are from elsewhere. It's a pity that many of you don't.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • texxlaptop

      Arming ourselves is 1 of the reasons that the British no longer run our country....We protect you and dont forget it....

      March 9, 2013 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • James


      Bombo, The truth is that you do not understand us. The truth is we have a bill of rights that you do not. The truth is that we live in a republic, and you do not. The truth is that we are not Europe. Perhaps you have forgotten your own history when you were ruled by tryants. It's a pity that many of you don't.

      March 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonomous

    +1 to Gov. Daugaard for preventing his schools from becoming a death zone. School personnel don't have to be armed, and for safety's sake I hope they actually aren't. But anyone intending to do harm to schoolchildren will not know what challenges they will face if they try it.

    -10 to Gov. Daugaard for not requiring any significant training for school personnel that want to carry. Allowing untrained personnel to carry on campus is a much greater risk to students than the chances of a terrorist/murderer attack.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. k.d.

    If they're so worried, then they should hire well-trained security people. Too much money to spend on it? I thought kids' safety was most important

    March 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marty

    It's about time public school kids can have the protection normally reserved for private school kids...

    March 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DJMA

    Good, I'm thinking we won't be hearing about a school shooting in SD as the commonality of all these lunatics is cowardice, they'll find another soft target.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Flabbio

    Let's see, the USA has the most gun related deaths in the democratic world, so people want to throw more guns into the mix. It's a great country if you're a gun manufacturer, not so much if you're an average joe.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Abdulah

    This is the best thing they can do for safety, and the school can pick and choose so if you don't want the teachers you can just volunteer yourself. Now to the small brain idiots thinking this will be dangerous chances are they will have some sort of guidelines in place which must be follow, i.e. training. Cops aren't there to protect our kids, this has been proven in court. Also people with CCW permits likely have more training than cops. Cops qualify one time a year and tend to be pretty bad shots. Take a look at what happened recently in NY where cops shot like 8 innocent people, but yet they are here to protect us. There is no valid argument against having an armed school, it's like some of you people want the kids to be helpless. The only thing that will stop these crazies is sane people with firearms, not cops. Cops always arrive late to the scene and it's actually proven that in this cases of spree shootings less people die when an armed civilian stops them as opposed to the cops. Again cops aren't here to protect us, that is your own responsibility, this was proven in the Supreme Court.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kenneth Howell

    Thank you South Dakota for providing safety for your schools.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marty

    Search for : "How often do we use guns for defense? Businessweek" The answer will probably surprise you.

    March 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marty

    The answer at least 100,000 times per year! Guns are used more often to defend rather than to kill or wound!

    March 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marty

    This from an article in Bloomberg Owned Businessweek- and we know how they feel about gun control...

    March 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darr247

    I'm surprised the bill contained no mandated training. I would think a 16 hour safety & tactics class (with an attestation of competence from a certified instructor), and a couple hours per month at a certified range with popup silhouette targets testing good-guy bad-guy recognition, to improve and keep up their skills, would be a minimum.

    If the legislation actually *does* contain such requirements and this article left that information out, I would have to say that's sloppy journalism, at the least, CNN.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
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