By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Corinth School District Superintendent Dr. Lee Childress on Monday shared his views on a bill filed in the state Legislature that would allow teachers and principals to carry concealed firearms on school grounds.
“Anything we can do to make schools safer is something we’re interested in,” said Childress.
When it comes to allowing school employees to carry concealed firearms, Childress said it would be vitally important that they have the proper training and “temperament needed to handle a situation.”
The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Lester Carpenter, R-Burnsville.
Alcorn School District Superintendent Larry Mitchell said allowing trained personnel to carry concealed firearms could make schools more secure. Potential perpetrators may be more reluctant to carry out an act on a school campus if they knew armed employees were present, Mitchell added.
Carpenter agreed, saying, “This would be an added level of protection.”
It would be important to keep confidential which employees were authorized to carry firearms, Mitchell said. Furthermore, Mitchell said the firearm would need to stay in the employee’s possession and not be kept in a desk, for instance.
Under the bill, school boards could develop a policy to allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed firearms to enhance student safety. The school board’s policy would have to be approved by the state department of education and the state department of public safety.
School employees would have to be licensed to carry concealed weapons and pass a firearm safety class.