Okla. House approves bill to allow armed teachers

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Updated: 3/13/2013 10:35 am Published: 3/13/2013 2:11 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Public school districts across Oklahoma could decide whether to allow armed teachers in classrooms under a bill approved in the Oklahoma House.

The Special Reserve School Resource Officer Act passed by the House late Tuesday on a 68-23 vote. It would give districts the option of paying for teachers to receive a minimum of 120 hours of specialized training in order to carry a firearm into the school.

The bill, filed in response to recent school shootings, now heads to the Senate.

The measure directs the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to develop a specialized training course for volunteer teachers.

The bill is opposed by many teachers and education officials, who have raised safety and liability concerns over bringing firearms into schools.

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kflohr - 3/13/2013 1:27 PM
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@KJNOKIE - In the 1800's you didn't have to worry about a crazed lunatic going into a school and shooting innocent children. Armed teachers would serve the same purpose as an armed police officer.

KJNOKIE - 3/13/2013 11:41 AM
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Sounds like the 1800's. Of course that is where most of the state seems to be living anyway.
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