Zais: Allow local districts to decide who can have guns on campus

  • Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:32 a.m., Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:15 p.m.
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COLUMBIA — State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais told state senators this morning that local school districts should decide which school personnel — possibly including teachers — can have guns on campus.

Zais said if a local school district decides “a few well-trained staff” can carry guns on campus, he would support it.

Zais also said he would support allowing districts to spend more on school resource officers, who carry guns, should they choose.

Zais’ comments came as State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told senators that no law enforcement officer he’s spoken to is in favor of allowing teachers to carry guns on campus.

Keel said the state may need to look at requiring every school to have a resource officer.

Zais said most high schools and middle schools have resource officers, but only some elementary schools do.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Stephen Largen at 864-641-8172 and follow him on Twitter @stephenlargen.

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