A North Carolina school system will place AR-15s in every school building for the upcoming school year to improve school safety.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and school officials have decided to place the guns in all six of the county’s schools when classes begin later this month in response to the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers were killed.
Each of the weapons would be locked in a safe, along with additional ammunition and breaching tools, Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times. He pointed out that law enforcement’s belated response to stop the attack on Robb Elementary School in May was a rationale for the action.
“These officers have been in this building for so long, and this suspect was able to infiltrate this building and injure and kill so many children,” Harwood told the newspaper. “I just want to make sure my deputies are prepared in case that happens.”
According to Citizen-Times, there will be school resource officers at each of the six schools, including the three elementary schools.
Officers have been training with instructors from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, he said.
“The reason we put the breaching tools in the safes is so that in the event someone has barricaded themselves in a door, we don’t have to wait for the fire department to get there,” Harwood told the outlet.
“We will have these tools to force open this door if necessary. I don’t want to have to run back to the car to get an AR because that’s wasted time.
“Hopefully we’ll never need it but I want my boys to be as prepared as they can be.”
Ahead of the Aug. 22 start of the school year, Madison County Superintendent Will Hoffman said the school leaders met with local law enforcement to review various safety procedures.
“I hate that we’ve gotten to a place in our country where I have to put a safe in our schools and lock that safe for my MPs to purchase an AR-15,” Harwood told the Citizen-Time.
“But we can shut it down and say it’s not going to happen in Madison County, but we never know. I want Madison County parents to know that we will take whatever action is necessary to ensure our children are safe in this school system.
“If my parents as a whole want me to stand by that door with this AR around this cop’s neck, then I will do whatever my parents as a whole want to protect our children.”
With mail wires
https://nypost.com/2022/08/07/north-carolina-county-to-place-an-ar-15-in-each-school/ North Carolina plans to place an AR-15 in every school in response to the Uvalde massacre