Other than the fact not a single school district has taken the state up on the offer of letting teachers carry loaded weapons and that other state's schools can't get insurance if they do arm (Kansas, Indiana, and Oregon), it appears that the law was written incorrectly when it comes to the training of gun-toting teachers.
A South Dakota commission delayed a vote Thursday on proposed rules for training teachers, other school staff members or volunteers to carry guns to improve security in school buildings.What is the problem with just training and not certification? A fairly significant one according to AG Jackely:
The Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission originally planned to certify the so-called sentinels — essentially a license similar to the certification process the commission uses for law enforcement officers. Upon learning that the Legislature authorized the panel to train sentinels but not certify them, the commission changed the proposed rules so it will merely tell a school district when someone completes training.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said the change is significant because it gives the commission less ability to immediately disqualify sentinels for misconduct indicating they should no longer be allowed to carry guns in schools. A school board could still decide if a sentinel no longer should carry guns in schools, officials said.It appears that if information came out on a person that should not be armed, the commission might have their hands tied. I think that the best solution is for school districts to avoid the risk of liability and avoid arming your teachers.
Pogany, the only person to testify at Thursday's commission hearing, said he is worried that the program could expose school districts to legal liability if something goes wrong.May be it is time to actual LISTEN to those involved on the ground and do away with the whole BAD idea.
"Our concern is about what happens when a civilian is armed and the danger just bringing that weapon into a school causes," he told the commission.
(ALL 3 Representatives from District 6 voted for the bill.)