Colorado School District Votes to Allow Teachers to Carry Concealed Handguns
A school district in Colorado has decided to allow teachers to come to school armed with concealed handguns.
The Hanover School District, located outside Colorado Springs, voted on the measure Wednesday night.
By a margin of 3 to 2, the board chose to allow school employees to volunteer to be armed on the job after undergoing training.
Supporters of the measure argued that the rural schools in the district are too far from authorities to quickly respond to dangerous situations.
"It's our school and our children. And everybody's like half an hour away, so if something happens, it would take that long to get here," one parent told KKTV.
Opponents of the measure, however, worry that no amount of training can prevent all potential accidents.
So many things can go wrong with anybody having a gun there. There could be kids that find out where it's hidden or who has it, and something could happen," said another parent, who's considering moving her child out of the district.
According to its website, the Hanover School District has just two schools: an elementary school and a combined junior and senior high school.
The guns resolution goes into effect immediately. However, the board will now hammer out the details, including the specific training teachers will need.