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South Dakota empowers school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns

South Dakota empowers school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Friday a measure allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns, the first of its kind since the Connecticut school shooting.

Supporters say the so-called sentinels could help prevent tragedies such as December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 students and six teachers died. The law will go into effect July 1.

The bill's main sponsor, Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City, said he started working with federal law enforcement officials on the measure in early November, and the Connecticut tragedy weeks later 'only affirmed the rightness of this bill.' He said the measure does not force a district to arm its teachers or force teachers to carry a gun.

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The school sentinel bill is

The school sentinel bill is good legislation it may not go far enough but it is a step in the right direction. First the school board has to approve it, then it has the option to be referred to the voters of the school district. If it passes or is not referred then the chosen "sentinel" (that has to be approved by the sheriff) has to go through a 2 week training (something similar to law enforcement just not as long of training) and after all those steps are completed a school district is allowed to have a sentinel.

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That's good news, thanks dducks

bump for an awesome article

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

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Ya know dducks...

This was such a great article I had to come back and revisit it. I have worked in 2 school districts as a literacy tutor for at-risk-youth. Of course these were gun free zones, but the population I worked with usually had some kind of weapon with them. I ran before and after school programs where I had to beg the school board for an armed security guard just in case shtf. You know what they gave me? A bottle of mace....

I never needed it anyways the students trusted me and I trusted them and they were usually well behaved with me, but ummmm.... well, my bottle of mace would not have done much in a shtf event.

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✧What a ℊґ℮@т article dducks✧

Nice find ツ