Should Teachers Be Armed with Weapons?

March 7, 2018, 7:04 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — It has been a hot topic since the tragic shooting at a Florida high school nearly three weeks ago — should teachers be armed inside the classroom?

SLED Chief Officer Mark Keel met with state lawmakers on Tuesday to address the idea.

Keel says he doesn’t believe arming teachers with guns is the right answer. “They have so many things they have to do, requirements the state puts on them, I don’t know that they could take the time needed to be proficient and do on-going training in order to arm them.”

Governor Henry McMaster said last week he wants armed officers in every school before he considers arming teachers.

Keel agrees with the Governor that having those resource officers in every school is the best answer.

The State Education Department says it would cost up to $60-million to put a trained armed police officer in every South Carolina school.