Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp's plan, would choose up to four teachers in each school to receive firearms training and be appointed as special deputies. The teachers' authority would be limited to school buildings only.
The Central Noble County School Board voted on Tuesday night to consider this idea. Harp delivered the same proposal to the East and West Noble School districts northwest of Fort Wayne. "arming teachers would be more economical than paying school security officers" Harp said.
If accepted, a private donor has offered to provide the guns. Harp told WPTA-TV," This was the only option we really felt where we could slow down an active shooter, or stop an active shooter because our response time typically is after the fact.".
Harp said he would not charge the school to train staff members. "A lot of the training we're talking about would mirror exactly what a normal police officer would go through, you know yearly qualifications, weapons safety and on-going training," he said.
Central Noble Community Schools already has security measures like locked doors and safety drills, but Superintendent Chris Daughtry said an armed staff member could make the difference between life and death. "Most of these killings take place in a very short time window and by time the police actually get on the scene, the damage is done," said Daughtry.
What are your thoughts? Should BCSC adopt this type of policy, or possibly armed security guards? Whats your opinion?