Deadly gunshots that took the lives of 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school continue to echo across the nation, pushing gun control and school security to the top of the agenda for thousands of government policymakers.
Including Carter County’s.
State Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Knoxville, announced plans to introduce legislation next month to require every school in Tennessee to have at least one armed person on campus, and a Sullivan County commissioner went a step further, saying that school principals should be required to carry guns while working.
In Carter County and Elizabethton, the prospect of arming school personnel draws mixed reactions.
Mickey Taylor, director of security for Carter County Schools, said it could be an effective way to ensure the safety of students and staff.
“Personally, I think it could make a difference in those situations where someone was armed and in the schools,” Taylor said. “But arming teachers and principals is a drastic step.”
Taylor also acknowledged certain challenges in instituting such a policy.