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State lawmakers propose gun for school officials

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Nina Gilbert could not bear to imagine her young students caught in the crossfire in the middle of a shootout inside one of her schools.

Gilbert, the executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academy charter schools, believes a proposal to arm school officials with guns is a dangerous idea.

"To put a firearm in the hands of someone, well intentioned or not, is not in the best interest of our children or our teachers," Gilbert said. "I don't think anyone would want their children in a situation like that."

State Rep. Paul Battles has introduced a bill that would allow school boards to designate one administrator to carry a gun.

The measure would require the designated administrator to complete training in firearms in emergency situations, similar to the training of a school security officer.

"The individual would have to qualify as much as a peace officer," Battles said.

Battles said his measure could act as a deterrent if an armed assailant were to break into a school.

"It would add the possibility of saving lives," Battles said.

When asked if his bill would increase the risk of danger in schools Battles answered "absolutely not."

State Sen. Vincent Fort said people trained to educate children are not necessarily qualified to use guns to protect them.

"I don't think that's a good idea," Fort said. "Guidance counselors ought not to be packing heat in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools."

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