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Oklahoma bill would allow teachers to carry weapons with training


Arming teachers at school's has been a topic of discussion since the Newtown, Connecticut shooting.  Some Oklahoma law makers are pushing a bill that would allow school teachers or administrators to carry weapons in the classroom after they undergo training.

The bill would have teachers and school officials attend 240 hours of basic police training to carry a gun inside the school.

Individual school districts would have to foot the bill.

The bill still has to make its way through the legislative process.

The Wyandotte High School principal says they have made some security changes since the school shooting in Connecticut but he doesn't believe arming teachers is the best option.

The school has a DARE officer on campus during the school day and the principal feels all weapons should be left in the hands of law enforcement and not the teachers.

"I would like to see a contentious effort of putting a patrol officer or a DARE officer like that in buildings as a deterrent," says Principal Steve Buckingham.  "I think it would be a great deterrent as opposed to arming our teachers and administrators."

Matt Robertson is a history teacher at the school and agrees with t he Oklahoma panel that approved the bill.

"I do have my conceal and carry license and I wouldn't personally have a problem carrying it in school because I think if you respect guns, instead of being afraid of guns teach your children to respect guns, you're not going to have those kind of problems," says Robertson.

Robertson says he wouldn't mind doing the training but would want it to be under the radar.

"I don't want my students to know that I have been trained as such or I don't want my students to know that I carry a gun or anything of that nature because I don't want there to be a sense of fear in the classroom," says Robertson.

Principal Buckingham believes the proposed law raises a lot of concern.

"If I have to separate a student in an altercation and I'm engaged with a student and I'm carrying a weapon and one of those students or someone from the outside could come in and take that weapon away from me and that of course becomes even a worse scenario than a minor altercation that it was to begin with," says Principal Buckingham.

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