Officials in a North Carolina county hope equipping schools with AR-15 rifles will prevent the shootings.
The safes will include “break tools” to open barricaded doors, as well as “extra magazines with ammunition,” according to Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood.
Harwood said he could see how “uncomfortable” the “optics” of school resource officers using AR-15s could be. However, he sees this as a necessary action.
“I hate that we’ve come to a place in our country where I have to put a safe in our schools and lock that safe so my deputies can get an AR-15,” Harwood said.
“But, we can turn it off and say it’s not going to happen in Madison County, but we never know,” he told the newspaper. “I want parents in Madison County to know that we will take all necessary steps to keep our children safe in this school system.”
The plan comes as county officials hope to tighten security measures, citing “extremely poor decision-making” by police in response to the Uvalde, Texas massacre. These “systemic failures” were detailed in a report by a Texas House investigative committee.
“These officers were in this building for so long, and this suspect was able to infiltrate this building and injure and kill so many children,” Harwood said.
“I don’t want to have to run to the car to get an AR because it’s wasted time,” Harwood said. “I hope we never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible.”
Madison County Schools Superintendent Will Hoffman said administrators “meet regularly” with law enforcement to keep abreast of school safety efforts.
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