The Hanover school district in Colorado decided to allow its teachers and other staff members to carry guns on campus to protect students.
The school board voted the decision 3-2 to allow school employees to be armed on the job after undergoing proper training.
The school district, about 30 miles south east of Colorado Springs, serve about 270 students and it takes approximately 20 minutes for the law enforcement to reach there.
A board member backed the idea not only as way to protect students, but also as protection for the employees against possible violence from the drug cartels, the Gazette of Colorado Springs reported.
Dismissing the rumours about cartel involvement, school board president Mark McPherson told media “We haven’t seen the need, and I think arming individuals who are not trained to operate with weapons on a daily basis puts everybody in the building at risk.”
Some other school districts in Colorado as well as in Texas, Oklahoma and California have also backed allowing teachers to carry weapons, ABC News reported.
On December 2012, a gun shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town in USA by a 20-year old man had killed 20 students and six employees.