Metro Atlanta school district drops idea of arming educators

Source: WGCL

After parents with children in Jefferson City schools spoke out, expressing their concerns about a pending policy that would've allowed some school employees to carry guns on campus, school officials have dropped the idea.

The Board of Education was set to discuss the idea on Thursday but they have removed it from the agenda. They now plan to study the issue more before moving forward with any changes.

Dana Phillips, who has children in the district, says she didn't want educators carrying guns in the classroom. Instead, she wanted special resource officers protecting her daughter while she's at school.

"We've come tighter as a group of concerned parents to ensure that our teachers are not placed with the burden of having to to have a firearm in their classroom to protect their students," says Phillips. "The officers are the professionals. They have trained for years and years for these types of situations. And our educators should be in classrooms educating our children."

CBS46 has learned that the policy comes after the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed and several more injured.

A study from the Journal of Pediatrics finds that gunshot wounds are the third leading cause of injury for children aged 1-17. About 1,300 children in that age group die each year in shootings.

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