California high school allowing teachers to be armed

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KINGSBURG, CA (CNN) – Some teachers in Kingsburg, California, have been coming to work armed since the new school year got under way this week.

Kingsburg high school is allowing up to five staff members to have guns on campus. The school district passed that rule in April.

The guns have to be concealed and students don’t know which teachers have weapons. The idea came from the superintendent, who says the school must be able to respond quickly if something dangerous happens.

“We are not trying to take the place of law enforcement officials, who spent hours upon hours training for these types of situations. All we are trying to do is provide an opportunity to limit or eliminate potential casualties during that response time,” said Superintendent Randy Morris.

The armed staff members have to have concealed carry permits. They also have to undergo training and evaluation.

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