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School Principals Carrying Guns? Buckhead Parents Say 'It's a Bad Idea'

Some Buckhead parents are saying that although something needs to be done to ensure school safety in light of the recent Newtown elementary school shooting, allowing principals to carry concealed weapons is not the likely solution.

A bill proposed by one state representative would allow school principals to carry firearms, but some Buckhead parents don't think that would make their schools any safer.

The proposed bill from State Rep. Paul Battles, a Republican from Bartow County, would allow local school districts to decide if principals are allowed to carry concealed firearms.

Battles said that the principals would be required to complete the same training that resource officers complete. He said his bill would allow schools that can't afford resource officers to still have an armed, trained professional in the building.

This bill, along with several others, are responses to the tragic shooting that left 20 children and seven adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary more than a month ago in Newtown, CT.

Cynthia Briscoe Brown, co-president of the NAPPS and mother of a current North Atlanta High junior and a NAHS alumna, said, "I think it's a bad idea. Firearms and children in close proximity is never a good idea."

She said that having principals or school faculty carry weapons would place an additional burden on them.

"I think you're asking for trouble, and it's asking too much of our principals," Brown said. "I think there are many better ways to protect our children than arming our principals."

Leigh Darby, co-president of NAPPS and a preschool teacher, said she is "on the fence" about the bill.

"I know something needs to be done on this, but not sure if this is the best answer having our teachers carry firearms. I am a preschool teacher as well and not sure that I would want to do this," Darby told Buckhead Patch in an email.

Should principals be allowed to carry concealed weapons? If they are, do you want your child's principal to carry one? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below.

Ms. She January 17, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Emphasis should be on keeping all weapons out of schools, not allowing even one in. There should be some type of direct SOS to the closest proper authority to alert of any incident that would require intervention with no more than a 2 minute response.
Sallie Forrester January 17, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Only if the resource officer is trained well. Not just a few hours. The officer should also have proper psychological testing. Well planned evacuation plans and limited access should also be a part of the plan. I believe an armed officer is necessary because of where we are now. I wish we didn't have to prepare like this. Wake up! Truth is not relative.
EJ January 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Israel had a problem with terrorists going into schools and killing children right up until the government allowed schools to contract private security. In Israel, Adam wouldn't have made it past the parking lot.
Margarita April 11, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Bad, bad idea. What happens when the principle doesn't lock her desk or his desk? What happens when a big student overpowers the principal and takes the weapon? Having weapons in schools is a very bad idea. If people want to join forces and pay an off duty police officer to sit outside all day long and patrol, I have no problem with that. How much can a eight to 3 o'clock shift be? If every parent donated a $100 or $200 per year we could pay that person very well and maybe even another person as well. No guns in the school. No way.
EJ April 11, 2013 at 08:41 PM
You would never keep a gun in a desk at a school. Fast access gun safes would insure that nobody would forget to lock it, because it's always locked, and the only reason you go into it is when you need the firearm. Unless the 'big student' is an active shooter looking for a new firearm, I'm having trouble coming up with a scenario when this would happen. ANd there's no shortage of school resource officers in GA who regularly carry guns in schools without incident.

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