South Dakota Approves Gun Training Rules for ‘School Sentinels’


A South Dakota commission has unanimously approved rules for training teachers, other school staff members or volunteers to carry guns in schools under a state law aimed at improving security, reports the Associated Press. While President Barack Obama and officials in many states sought to pass gun control measures after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December, the South Dakota Legislature instead passed a law that allows school districts to decide whether to arm school leaders in order to deter would-be attackers. Local law enforcement officials must approve a school’s plan.

Under the rules, the so-called school sentinels will undergo at least 80 hours of training in firearms proficiency, use of force, legal issues, first aid and weapons retention and storage. The rules will not take effect until September, so officials say the first training class probably won’t be held until next summer, when teachers and others have time for the two-week course. Only those approved by a school board and local law enforcement officials could be trained to have guns in schools.

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