Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
It appears Omaha area schools are reluctant to discuss a future where teachers or security guards carry weapons in hallways and classrooms.
The National Rifle Association sent the issue viral on Friday.
“I call on Congress …to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said.
Last Tuesday, Nebraska Watchdog contacted several school districts in and around Omaha asking for comments regarding armed school personnel, an option currently prohibited by state law.
So far only Omaha Public Schools has responded. OPS simply noting its policies:
“OPS Security Officers do not carry guns, but utilize response resources such as verbal de-escalation techniques and all are certified in Disruptive Student/Adult Management,” said Safety Administrator Roddie Miller.”The School Resource Officers, as police officers, can and do respond when necessary to ensure the school environment is safe, secure and welcoming for students, staff and visitors.”
The NRA’s proposal came in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 massacre in Connecticut which found 20 students and six adults shot and killed in a matter of minutes by a lone gunman.
While there is no immediate push from Nebraska lawmakers to change state law when they meet early next year, it appears pistol-packing teachers would be a last resort while armed security guards could be considered.
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