South Dakota Committee Defers Action on Armed Civilians in Schools

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lawmakers took no action this morning on a proposal to allow school boards to post armed civilians at South Dakota schools.

Supporters hammered the point that no individual and no school board would be forced to participate, and that what sounds like a bad idea for one city might work in another. "Which school board do you not trust to do what is best?" said Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls.

The bill was introduced one month after a mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, but Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City, said he began working on it weeks prior to the shooting. He said the possibility of an armed presence at a school will deter potential shooters.

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