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Guns in school: Bentley would allow Franklin County educators to become reserve law officers

There are 17 comments on the Alabama Live story from Jan 22, 2013, titled Guns in school: Bentley would allow Franklin County educators to become reserve law officers. In it, Alabama Live reports that:

"Do I think it's a good idea? No, I don't," Gov. Robert Bentley on training educators to be reserve law officers.

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educator

Florence, AL

#1 Jan 26, 2013
Not a good idea.Reserve officers are not paid.Dont't think anybody would be interested.People in the poor state of Alabama need to work for money.
aroundboutthere

Pell City, AL

#2 Jan 28, 2013
He's going to be having TEACHERS that are already in the schools, be trained in gun safety and the like and have them armed in the schools. This way they aren't having to pay for extra personal at the school. The County Sheriff's office would do the training. Not all the teachers would be armed, just a few. I think it's a GREAT idea!
teacher

Florence, AL

#3 Jan 28, 2013
aroundboutthere wrote:
He's going to be having TEACHERS that are already in the schools, be trained in gun safety and the like and have them armed in the schools. This way they aren't having to pay for extra personal at the school. The County Sheriff's office would do the training. Not all the teachers would be armed, just a few. I think it's a GREAT idea!
Don't think mr johnny morrow explained it this way.
aroundboutthere

Trussville, AL

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Maybe reading comprehension isn't your thing! Seriously...look it up. Franklin County Times even did a write up on it and it says this. For that "Newspaper" to have it in there, says a a lot because they never have anything good in their paper.
aroundboutthere

Trussville, AL

#5 Feb 1, 2013
Legislation has been prepared that would allow schools in a rural northwest Alabama county to train teachers and other school workers as reserve sheriff's deputies.

Why is this so hard to understand??
teacher

Florence, AL

#6 Feb 3, 2013
aroundboutthere wrote:
Maybe reading comprehension isn't your thing! Seriously...look it up. Franklin County Times even did a write up on it and it says this. For that "Newspaper" to have it in there, says a a lot because they never have anything good in their paper.
we need good teachers first teachers are trained to teach not patrol the halls carring guns i do not agree with Bently that educators should become reserve law officers they have enough on their plate already and don't get paid enough for what they do and most of the teachers aren't interested in law enforcement work and some of us are not capable or willing to carry and worry about keeping up with a gun all day where is Bentley going to come up with the money to train? guess he'll borrow some more millions from the retirement system strongly disagree with Bentley
teacher

Florence, AL

#7 Feb 3, 2013
i meant BENTLEY NOT BENTLY
aroundboutthere

Pell City, AL

#8 Feb 3, 2013
From my understanding from reading up on this, No teacher is going to be asked to patrol the halls and stuff like that. They are just going to be trained in gun safety and all of that. I seriously doubt they'll be carrying around a gun all day. Will probably just have a gun some where locked up in the class. They are doing this to where if someone was to come in shooting, someone on school campus would have a gun to defend their selves and the children. They aren't going to be training ALL the teachers. Probably just 1-3 per school. Maybe like the Principle and a couple more.
jonathan

Florence, AL

#9 Feb 5, 2013
teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't think mr johnny morrow explained it this way.
mr johnny morrow is going to try to pass a bill that will make teachers train to become reserve officers guns need to be kept out of schools kids will know where the teachers keep their guns **&&&&&^^^ ^^^^^^^&^ etc
J D S

Town Creek, AL

#10 Feb 10, 2013
whose going to pay for all this training? bentley will probably take more money out of the teachers retirement fund whose going to buy the guns and all the equipment that is needed for this training?
Yeah

Booneville, MS

#11 Feb 17, 2013
Recently a national comedy tv show did a segment on a similar situation.

Sheriff Joe Arapaio of way out west decided to have a trained posse of armed men defend the schools in the case of a shooting.

However, like every legislative thing ever invented, it kind of fell apart six months after it started when it was found that almost every last member of the posse was a convicted felon and did not have a legal right to possess a firearm. One of the posse members was even a convicted child molester, which made it difficult for him to guard the school considering that he wasn't allowed within 500 feet of it by law.

In the end the program was scrapped.

I do realize that sometimes schools take the extra time to do background checks on their teachers, but if we take a historical perspective this is just going to fall apart in silliness too. Too many good questions like who is going to pay for it, who will do it, who is going to supply equipment, and who will do the training have been raised without answer already.
ted

Florence, AL

#12 Feb 18, 2013
who is paying for the teachers to be supplied and trained to carry guns?
Yeah

Booneville, MS

#13 Feb 18, 2013
... yes, Ted, we're aware. That very question has been raised multiple times already. Thanks for actually reading the subject at hand...
aroundboutthere

Pell City, AL

#14 Feb 19, 2013
Maybe Yeah, you need to read about the subject at hand. Those questions HAVE been answered already. If you're too lazy to look it up your self, let me know and I'll do your home work for you and supply you with the links.
Yeah

Booneville, MS

#15 Feb 19, 2013
I expect you'll be giving the same type of answer to Ted soon so as to not appear to be biased against one particular person. Such would tarnish the credibility of your statement.

Please do the homework for me, that would be kind of you. I don't particularly care to look it up since I give two squirts about the subject. You doing the work for me frees me up for more important stuff.

Thanks.
concerned

Sheffield, AL

#16 Feb 24, 2013
As a parent of a child in a Franklin county school I think this is a horrible idea. They can barely keep tabs on the kids, let alone a gun! The school my kids go to doesn't even check ID when someone comes to pick up a kid! Anyone can walk right in almost any door, most are wide open. They need to take care of the obvious before they bring in any guns!
Misinformed

Florence, AL

#17 Mar 15, 2013
It's not a good idea first of all because who is legally liable in a shooting ?? The school system or sheriff office?? Second there will be no funding because being a reserve is strictly volunteer work they would have to supply their own time and buy their own guns. Thirdly what happens when a teacher becomes careless and reveals access to that weapon and a adult or student for some God forbid reason takes advantage of it. I agree something should be done but. Why not do it in a similar way the colleges do. A college can create its own law enforcement agency for its campus. Why not allow a board of education do the same their officers would deal mostly In The juvenile aspect of the law but could also write tickets for minor traffic violations to anyone who breaks them. The state could allow the school system to recieve the total payment of traffic fines and have a officer/s on duty patrolling the campuses for anyone that might be a active shooter all tge way to drug deals that might take place between students or community drug dealers taking advantage of students. That would take funding but if in most counties they had a .5 sales tax dedicated to it then it would support one officer per school possibly it might would be worth researching but time will tell what ultimately will fall into place.

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