Columbia school security officers to carry guns
COLUMBIA (AP) - Some security personnel will be allowed to carry guns in Columbia schools if they meet certain requirements.
Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said Tuesday he wants schools security director John White and assistant security director Ken Gregory to carry guns by Jan. 15, after a procedure is prepared to react if one of them fires a gun. White and Gregory are usually the first on the scene at school incidents.
Four Columbia police officers who work in the schools already carry guns.
The policy requires the security director and assistant director to have police certification and experience. They also must take state and federal licenses and at least 24 hours of firearms training each year, as well as other training.