Mo. School Trains Teachers to Carry Guns

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Officials at Fairview School has authorized a training program that will certify employees to carry guns on campus.

Administrators were prompted to begin the program after parents voiced their security concerns after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In February, the school board approved the training, and required its employees to take a 40-hour course last month with Shield Solutions. The training’s instructors included local SWAT team members, the New York Times reports.

All employees, who provide their own weapons, must pass an annual background check, drug test and a mental evaluation, as well as additional firearms training and recertification. It is unclear how many employees are armed on campus. Additionally, school officials said that the majority of the parents have responded favorably to the program.

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