NC Lawmaker: Teachers, Volunteers Would Be Trained As SWAT Team

11:53 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A North Carolina lawmaker wants teachers and volunteers to carry guns in schools.

Senator Stan Bingham (R-Davidson) said when it comes to fire drills, everyone inside a school knows their role and sticks to a plan. They're prepared.

When it comes to a school shooting, planning and preparation are also critical.

His answer is something he calls "school safety marshals".

"Just like an SRO officer, but instead of an SRO officer, you're going to have four others to join him in a team, as a SWAT team, in which you would go in and disarm someone and have a plan," said Bingham.

In his bill, in the NC General Assembly, the marshals would be teachers or volunteers --preferably people with a law enforcement or military background, who live close to the school.

The marshals would all have background checks and go through extensive training together.

Bingham said they would not carry their guns at all times, rather they would keep them in a locked box inside the school. So if a shooter came in, like what happened in Newtown, CT, they'd be ready.

"If that had been after we get this in place and we get this training done and we have experts, etc., it would have never happened," said Bingham.

Bingham told WFMY News 2 he knows a policy like this wouldn't be appropriate for every school district, so it would be optional. It would be up to each school district to appoint marshals.

However a school board member and a parent we spoke with had mixed feelings about it.

"There are like 120,000 schools nationwide. And if you have three or four people in every school with a gun, that's half a million people," said Ed Price, Guilford County School Board member. "Who's going to police all those people?"

"I would say that in a situation where children are in danger, if someone in the school system is trained and prepared to handle that weapon to protect our children, I think I would be in favor of it," said Navella Barnes, a parent.

Bingham is confident the legislature will consider his bill. He said he knows there will be opposition, but he believes it could pass.

WFMY News 2

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