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Jefferson City schools may arm teachers

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Parents spoke with CBS46 and say this is an accident waiting to happen., but the superintendent of schools says the police would be best for student safety. 

"There's just so many risks of an accident," says one parent. 

If the policy is passed, it would allow some school employees to carry guns on campus.

"We've come tighter as a group of concerned parents to ensure that our teachers are not placed with the burden of having to have a firearm in their classroom to protect their students."

Dana Phillips say she does not want educators carrying firearms in the classroom. Instead, she wants special resource officers protecting her daughter while she's at school.

"They are the professionals. They have trained for years and years, and years for these types of situations. Our educators should be in classrooms educating our children," says Phillips.

The policy comes after the recent shooting at a Florida school.

Superintendent of Jefferson City Schools John Jackson says the policy would make a potential shooter second guess coming to one of the four school in Jefferson.

"You just feel like you're being pushed closer and closer into a corner in terms of trying to combat it if it happened at your school," says Jackson. "If we have that option for us here in the system, the situation is reversed. It will hopefully give someone something to think about before they come and visit us."

Jackson says if this policy is passed only selected employees could carry a gun on campus, and that they would have to get firearm training at the local police department.

The Jefferson City School Board plans to take a deeper look at the policy at their next meeting on May 10. They hope to vote on the issue before the start of the next school year begins in August.

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