Bill passes allowing armed teachers, staff in public schools
by Associated Press
Published: March 13,2013
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JACKSON — House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees.
The House voted 70-46 to amend Senate Bill 2659 to allow school districts to decide to allow guns in schools.
The Senate bill had included a proposal by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to help schools pay for resource officers. The Senate earlier killed a House bill allowing districts to arm employees who pass a firearms safety course.
The House and Senate will have to resolve differences before the bill can move forward.
House Education Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, says students now are “absolutely defenseless” without armed adults. He says some districts are too poor to afford certified officers.
Opponents say guns in schools are a recipe for trouble.
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