Jackson Co. sheriff wants principals armed

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

MGN Online

MGN Online

McKEE, Ky (WYMT) - Should we arm school principals? That's the question facing one eastern Kentucky school district.

Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman put a proposal before the local school board back in April suggesting principals and some teachers be deputized and armed.

"If I was sitting at Educational Hill here, and I knew at 10:00 they said go, and there was a guy that is going to enter the school, there is no way that I could get up there soon enough that he (or she) wouldn't hurt somebody," said Peyman.

He wants Jackson County principals trained to have as much authority as an actual deputy.

"If a citizen can confront them and take them out before they hurt children, that's what we need to do. That's the best way to protect the children," said Peyman.

But, not everyone in the county is on board with the proposal.

"It's not a good idea. For the reasons that when you arm civilians, even though they may be trained shortly for a period of time, it doesn't bode well to think that your kids are going to school and to think that the principals are carrying guns or the teachers," said Robert Gabbard.

The school board will have to approve the measure before any changes are made.

School officials released this statement:

"Always a priority with the Jackson County Public Schools is providing a safe environment for our students and staff. Sheriff Peyman gave a presentation to the Jackson County Board of Education at the regular board meeting on April 25, 2013. The board has taken the information presented by the Sheriff Peyman under advisement and is consulting with the board attorney and insurance carrier."

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