Columbia Schools consider arming employees for a third time
COLUMBIA - A school committee will present a policy to the Columbia Board of Education which would allow employees of the Columbia School District to carry firearms in schools.
The policy addresses whether the superintendent should have the authority to allow the director of safety and security and the assistant director of safety and security to carry firearms. The director and assistant director are retired police officers hired by the school district.
Currently, only three school resource officers, who are on duty police officers, are allowed to carry firearms in Columbia public schools.
Two similar policies were presented to the school board in 2013 but didn't pass.
"Every time this was brought to the board, the policy has been different," said Jonathan Sessions, a Columbia Board of Education member. "This time it's much more definitive and has firmer language regarding to requirements, certification and the expectation of training of the two individuals that would be allowed to carry firearms."
The policy will be presented to school board on Nov.11 and will be voted on in December.