Some Tennessee schools shun new law allowing armed teachers

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Not surprisingly, the Middle Tennessee school systems with their own resource officers aren’t showing any interest in a new law allowing teachers with police training to carry guns, but the small districts touted as beneficiaries of the plan aren’t rushing into action, either.

Education officials from all over the state are saying they don’t anticipate using the law, and many are adamant that the proposal won’t come up in their community.

“We don’t want any guns in here,” said Michael Martin, director of the small Van Buren County school system. “I know most of the Upper Cumberland directors, and I don’t see us arming teachers.”

The Tennessee School Boards Association also knows of no school system planning to use the new School Security Act of 2013, but it believes conversations may heat up after July 1, when the law takes effect.

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