Oklahoma Legislators Approve Bill That Allows Armed Teachers!
Oklahoma public school districts may soon be able to decide if they want armed teachers in the classroom. Recently the Oklahoma House passed the The Special Reserve School Resource Officer Act by a (68-23) vote.
H.B. 1062 will now head to the Oklahoma Senate for consideration. The bill would allow school districts the option of paying for teachers, who volunteer for the program, to receive specialized firearm training directly from C.L.E.E.T (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) The training would be a minimum of 120 hours of safety and tactics to combat school violence.
At this time no training course exists, C.L.E.E.T will begin course and curriculum creation once the bill is passed, and signed into law. There will be some added cost to districts that wish to participate in the program, however Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa,who introduced the bill and supports it’s passage has already begun working on ways to help off set cost. McCullough plans to pursue a $500,000.00 appropriation to school districts that would help pay for the training.
Some members of the Oklahoma House who opposed the bill thought 120 hours wasn’t sufficient enough training to permit teachers in classrooms, or anywhere near students with firearms. In addition, the Oklahoma House also passed a bill that would allow private schools in the state the same options.
What are your thoughts about all this? Do you support the bill’s passage, or do you think it’s a bad ideal?