The Chattooga County Board of Education approved unanimously Superintendent Lenderman’s recommendation of the installation of a safe at each school in the district, and permission to store appropriate weaponry, as provided by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.

The six safes were anonymously donated. The safes will be installed at each school and the education center located at the old Summerville Elementary School.

The installation of the saves will include bolting the safe to the floor. The safes will be installed within the next two weeks. After installation the Sheriff’s Office will stock the safes with weapons they deem necessary to protect the students. The Sheriff’s Office will change the stock code on the safe. The only people who will have the code will be the SRO Officer at the school and Sheriff’s Office personal.

The Board also approved the addition of a School Resource Officer at each school. The SRO will be added first to Leroy Massey School, then the other schools in the district in the next few days.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. So if a gunman gets in or a student brings a gun the resource officer will be responsible for making it to the gun safe, inputting the code, loading the weapon(s) and then finding the assailant before they are able to take down mass casualties? I’m sorry, but I don’t see this doing any good at all. I can’t be the only person who isn’t comfortable with this. Why not metal detectors? Why not iron fences with a guard at the entrance? I’m glad the system is trying to be proactive, but this does not make me feel safe. I don’t believe the solution is more guns and I don’t believe this will do anything but give parents a false sense of security.

  2. This doesn’t make a lot of sense. What if an emergency arises and arms are needed in a second? What’s the point of locking away arms in a safe that could be used to save a child’s life? What has happened to common sense? Just a few miles away, Kennesaw – a college town – has a mandatory carry law and less than a 1 % crime rate for 40 years. Five U.S. Cities have mandatory carry laws and less than a 1% crime rate. Statistics matter. If teachers aren’t stable enough to be trained and armed to protect the children, they shouldn’t be teaching – this has been proven in Israel – where teachers have been required to be armed – since the 1950’s. Are teachers being given mental / emotional competency tests yearly (testing cost less than $85 ) ? Who is teaching your children and would they protect them?

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