More Schools Arm School Staff

More Schools Arm School Staff
More Schools Arm School Staff

U.S.A. –-( School districts in three more states announced that they would arm school staff. I wrote about this trend here in April and here in March. The map keeps changing as more and more districts adopt a policy to allow some of their teachers and staff to go armed on campus. That is significant given the legal and cultural biases at work against them. Arming teachers is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many actions we’ve taken to make our schools safer. I’ve also seen a cultural change take place. This is a change in how we protect our students as well as what we do. Here is some of the recent evidence.

New States

School districts in WyomingGeorgia, and Florida recently allowed volunteer staff to carry a firearm on campus. That usually involves volunteer staff who’ve been asked to take additional training after being interviewed by the sheriff and school board.

Several Georgia school districts made their announcement at almost the same time, and that is unusual. What usually happens is that several districts consider such a change. They then follow the model of the lead district. That attitude is understandable since this is a new procedure for them. They want to learn from the problems that other districts might discover. In contrast, some districts continue to take a wait-and-see attitude. I expect the growing trend towards armed first responders to continue as more and more districts successfully adopt that policy.

Seen and unseen mileposts

School districts make a public announcement when they adopt a policy allowing armed staff. What the districts seldom do is announce which staff have been selected, when the staff were trained, and when and where these individuals started carrying. They don’t want school staff to become a recognized target for armed attackers. The public announcement of the intent to train staff is usually the last public notice that your children will be protected.

Legal factors are still a hurdle

We’ve also seen some states change their laws in the last few months. In states like Florida, it was technically possible to arm school staff, but difficult in practice. Determined school boards and sheriffs worked around existing law to put a program in place. In some cases this meant making school staff reserve police officers. That changed for the better, but more states need to simplify their laws.

Cultural factors against armed staff

Protecting our children is still a difficult decision for superintendents and school boards to make. The local news media might be against them, and the national media certainly is. It is the easiest of clickbait headline to write-“School Board Tells Teachers to Carry Guns” Most teachers unions are all too eager to provide a quote condemning the plan. School boards know this. They implement the policy anyway because of the consistent requests by concerned parents. You made it happen.

Many aspects of school safety

The plan to arm teachers gets the headlines, but it is a small part of a broad effort to make our schools safer. There are audit plans in place so that schools can evaluate how well they protect their children. There are even grants available to pay for these safety audits. This examination has turned up some interesting situations. What would happen if a stranger walked onto the school grounds near you? How ares bullying and threats reported? The new emphasis on school safety also extends to a change in policy so that law enforcement officers receive continuing education credit as they learn to conduct safety audits. Every bit helps, even if those changes never make the headlines.

A change is school safety culture

I talked to several organizations who work to protect our students. They described a significant change in attitude and behavior when they are approached by school boards. The school districts used to send a few teachers and staff to take training and report back to the board. School officials wanted reports from their own people before they implemented a broader plan that might include the entire district. We’re seeing less of that cautious testing as districts now send large teams for training. Districts are also willing to pay to train their staff.

That isn’t true in very case. Some districts depend on grants to train their staff. We’ve recently seen some staff pay their own way. Often, a concerned parent, grandparent, or spouse will pay for a teacher to take the self-defense training. They say, “Leave the money for the next teacher who needs it.” We didn’t see that behavior before.

We also didn’t see so many school districts asking their staff to take medial training. Unlike the training for armed defense, the medical training classes can come to the district rather than having to send school staff to a distant training center. A district can train 30 volunteer medical responders in a single day..and they do.

Every bit helps.

About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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I said this once and it didn’t appear so I’ll say it again. As far as I know the bill did not pass in Tennessee for teachers to be allowed to be armed. I am not sure if Harwell didn’t get it done or Haslam wouldn’t sign it.


The map shows Tennessee as an allowed state but, unless I missed something, that bill never cleared the hurdles to get signed into law. I don’t remember if it was Harwell that shelved it or the governor that wouldn’t sign it.

Another consideration that I have heard nothing about is liability insurance. Underwriters are very queasy about guns and that may be a problem many places.

Jim Macklin

How many schools in Texas are unprotected? This morning the nation learned there is on in Santa Fe, TX despite the pretty map.

Until every school classroom is protected there will still be school killings because evil, insane people and terrorists will find te weak spot.

Mike Murray

Nevada technically allows it, but in reality school districts prohibit it. The governing authority of an individual facility/ school (the principal) must authorize it, and school districts have made it known it would not be a career enhancing decision. In other words, they will find a way to fire or drive you out. Personally, I believe the PC culture would keep any supporter of the 2A from gaining such a position in the first place. How many other states allow carry on paper, but “on paper” is as far as it goes. Utah has the best plan, and has had… Read more »

American Patriot

Actually you’re partially right & wrong the school system & day care centers are off limits for concealed carry EXCEPT with written approval by the head of either places. (Which you would probably never get) School carry was voted down in the last legislator. See (NRS 202.265) but yeah I get what you’re sayin.

Jim Macklin

Kansas legislature tabled a bill that would provide insurance/liability/criminal coverage for school teachers. The State law allows it but few or none of the school approve. Kansas college carry is allowed anyone with a CCH or over 21 and not a prohibited person. AFAIK, there have been no incidents. It is legal in Kansas to carry on school property and into a school if it is not posted. IF you have a valid Kansas CCH federal law exempts your under 19 922(q) but feds don’t recognize constitutional carry. Until 18 922(q) is amend mend teachers cannot LEGALLY fire a gun… Read more »


922 q negates the federal school clause if: 18 USC 922(q)(2) (B) Subparagraph (A) does not apply to the possession of a firearm… (ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license… You do not have to be an LEO.… Read more »

Herb T

About time mandatory medical / first aid training for all school staff as well as trauma kits in every office and classroom. Wouldn’t hurt to teach the kids some first aid so they know what to expect and even help in an emergency. How much would that cost the cash-strapped school districts run by anti-gun bed wetters who really don’t want to protect students.