Oklahoma school district votes to allow armed personnel

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WCMH) – In a controversial move, an Oklahoma school district is arming school workers.

According to Luther Superintendent Barry Gunn, the school board approved the measure in June.

Gunn says he will pick two people to be armed per school. The decision will be made based on how he feels the person handles high-pressure situations.

An armed person inside a school must have a concealed carry license and complete 110 hours of security guard and active shooter training.

School policy says the firearm must be carried in an approved holster or be locked in a secure location at all times.

Students would not know who is armed. Revealing that information could result in termination.

Opponents of the measure say arming school staff puts children at risk.

“Not only could a student become aware of how and where a teacher stores that gun, but research actually shows that just the presence of a firearm increases the risk of homicide and suicide,” said Audrey Burro, with Moms Demand Action.

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