A North Carolina school system will place AR-15s in every school building this coming school year in a dramatic move intended to enhance school safety,
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and school officials decided to place the guns in all six county schools when classes begin later this month in response to the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Utah. Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers.
Each of the guns would be locked in a safe, along with extra ammunition and breaching tools, Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times. He noted that the belated response by law enforcement to stop the attack on Robb Elementary School in May was a rationale for the measure.
“These officers were in that building for so long, and this suspect was able to infiltrate that building and injure and kill so many children,” Harwood told the newspaper. “I just want to make sure my deputies are prepared in case that happens.”
There will be school resource officers at each of the six schools, including the three elementary schools, according to the Citizen-Times.
The officers trained with instructors from Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College, he said.
“The reason we put the breaching tools in the safes is so if someone is barricaded in a door, we won’t have to wait for the firefighters to get there,” Harwood told the point. sale.
“We will have these tools to be able to force this door if necessary. I don’t want to have to run to the car to get an AR because it’s wasted time.
“I hope we never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible.”
Before the start of the school year on Aug. 22, Madison County Superintendent Will Hoffman said principals met with local law enforcement to review various safety measures.
“I hate that we’ve come to a place in our country where I have to put a safe in our schools and lock that safe so my deputies can get an AR-15,” Harwood told the Citizen. -Time.
“But, we can turn it off and say it’s not going to happen in Madison County, but we never know. I want parents in Madison County to know that we will take all necessary steps to keep our children safe in this school system.
“If my parents as a whole want me to stand at this door with this AR strapped around this officer’s neck, then I’m going to do whatever my parents want as a whole to keep our children safe. .”
With post wires
New York Post