TARGET 8: Will mid-Missouri schools arm their teachers?

2 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, November 20 2014 Nov 20, 2014 Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:17:00 PM CST November 20, 2014 in Target 8
By: Meredith Miller, KOMU 8 Reporter; Lauren Groppenbacher, Lauren Greenheck, and Cassidy Minarik, KOMU 8 Researchers
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Mid-Missouri school boards are hesitant to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons on campus, even after a new Missouri law would allow them to do so.

On September 11, legislators passed a bill that will allow teachers to carry guns in schools. The Missouri Senate overrode Governor Nixon's veto 23-8 and the House passed the bill 117-39, making the bill law on October 11. 

The bill allows school districts to delegate one or more of their staff members to conceal and carry a weapon after participating in structured training. Weapons they can carry include a concealed firearm or a self-defense spray. 

KOMU 8 searched around mid-Missouri to see if any schools are considering arming their teachers; however, we did not find any school implementing the legislative proposal yet.

The bill leaves discretion to school boards whether they want to train a teacher to carry a firearm. Mid-Missouri schools said they were thankful they can make their own decisions regarding these safety measures. 

"To the legislators' credit they allowed each individual school board to make decisions on this bill," said Fatima R-III School District Superintendent Joe Scott. 

If a school board decides to allow a teacher carry a weapon, the law requires a public meeting and then a request for training sent to the Department of Pubic Safety. The department then has authority to train and clear the teachers to carry. This training costs $17,500 for two teachers or school employees to carry. 

The teachers must receive 112 hours of training or have had 600 hours of basic law enforcement training beforehand. 

Teachers must keep the weapon on them at all times and have the power to detain and arrest like any other law enforcement.

Most schools KOMU 8 talked to said they will not arm their teachers because they already have a law enforcement officer or resource officer on staff. 

"We have a school resource officer full time in our district whom is a Boone County Sheriff's Deputy. And so with that person on staff, not only is he here for teaching DARE among other classes, he is actually an instructor in our district too, and he is our security officer for the district. So for that reason we have not brought up Senate Bill 656 really at all during a board meeting because we don't really see that having administrators or teachers armed really is a better scenario than what we have now, " said Sturgeon R-V School District Superintendent Shawn Schultz. 

Columbia Public Schools is just one district that is working to arm its current security director and assistant. The school board said it will not be adopting the bill to train teachers to carry.

"We believe our teachers are here to teach, not protect our students in that regard," said Columbia Public School Board President Christine King. 

Another issue schools find with the bill is the cost.  

"We don't feel like that is a good use of our tax payers dollars and our teachers," King said. 

The info graphic below shows several schools around mid-Missouri and their current protection policies.

While no school has asked for training yet, this does not mean they will not in the future. 

"I can see both sides of the coin, it's just not right for us at this time," Scott said. 

For now mid-Missouri schools are using local law enforcement, buzz-in systems, drills, and protection training to keep their students safe. 

"We've actually had safety devices for several years now. The buildings, you have to be buzzed in. Both secretaries in the building have a phone that they can see the person on the screen. We are on constant lockdown all the time," Schultz said. 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
BOONEVILLE - Police took two into custody after a car chase late Wednesday night. Police said the chase began... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:09:37 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS - Southwest's first all-female crew took off from Missouri on Wednesday. The flight traveled from St. Louis... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:07:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:06:59 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Department responded to a call at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in West Columbia. They are... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:39:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MEXICO-- As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, a report by the Violence Policy Center shows that Missouri... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:29:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
ASHLAND - Children, parents and politicians attended a Youth Town Hall featuring Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, Wednesday evening at the... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:14:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After an active threat on MU’s campus, some are disappointed with the MU Alert system and question its... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:51:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Downtown Leadership Council met Tuesday to decide how to spend fees paid by developers to compensate businesses... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:33:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Arkansas man who made bomb threats to a county courthouse in Missouri so his court hearing... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MOBERLY - Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of more than a dozen crimes, including rape, statutory rape, sodomy,... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Six years after being one of the first 16 schools to incorporate the Coulter Awards, MU has become... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:14:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – People struggling with alcoholism can find help more easily with a new online navigator tool released by the... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:12:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:52:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R)-Missouri, presented a new piece of legislation she says is aimed at getting more people... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new report sheds light physical confrontations between a Missouri hospital's staff and patients that put the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:13:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that remains found in March in southern Missouri are a woman who has... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2:08:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- The MU community made its voice heard Wednesday, laying out the characteristics, qualities and experiences it's looking for in... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:20:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY -As the U.S. House starts working on the 2018 Farm Bill, mid-Missouri's congressional representative talked with agricultural producers... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:16:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
3am 55°
4am 54°
5am 53°
6am 52°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
3:00a
Early Today
3:30a
Early Today
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
Will & Grace
8:31p
Great News
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld