School Sentinel Bill Heads To Governor's Desk
by Kenny Bass, Assignment Editor
March 04, 2013 4:09 PM
HB 1087, the legislation known as the “School Sentinel Bill,” has passed the House and is now headed to Governor Daugaard's desk.
The House passed the bill 40-19 on Monday. Under this legislation, if school boards decide, they can allow teachers, administrators or volunteers to be armed in schools.
Last week, amendments were made in the Senate that said if a school board wants to implement a school sentinel program; it would have to be made public.
Supporters say that school boards need the option of arming teachers, administrators or volunteers to protect against attacks like the one in Newtown, Connecticut.
Opponents argue that arming teachers could make schools more dangerous because it could lead to accidental shootings and put guns in the hands of people who have no extensive training in handling emergency situations.