North Carolina school district puts AR-15 rifles in schools


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A North Carolina school district is taking school security into its own hands, with plans to put AR-15 rifles in emergency safes at schools across the county.

Madison County, North Carolina hopes that installing AR-15s in schools will increase safety and reduce gun violence. After the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, which killed 19 students and two teachers, schools are preparing for the worst.

Sheriff Buddy Harwood and Lt. Coy Phillips meet with school system administration July 13 to inform them of upcoming heightened security procedures at Madison County schools.
(Madison County Schools)

“Hopefully we never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible,” Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

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If an active shooter situation arises, the sheriff’s office has stored AR-15r rifles in locked safes at each of Madison County’s six schools. The safes also contain extra magazines, ammunition and breaching tools, Harwood said.

Schools in Madison County in North Carolina will have AR-15 rifles locked in safes.

Schools in Madison County in North Carolina will have AR-15 rifles locked in safes.
(AP)

“In the event that we have someone barricaded in a doorway, we won’t have to wait for firefighters,” Harwood added. “We’ll have those tools to be able to get through that door if necessary. I don’t want to have to go back to the car to pick up an AR because it’s wasted time.”

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The schools where the vaults will be located are Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High, and Madison Early College High.

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Superintendent Will Hoffman has also pledged to strengthen safety measures in schools. In the 2022-2023 school year, the Madison County School will have a student resource officer, social workers, and counselors at each school, a panic button system added to each building, and a liaison with the school district.


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