Georgia’s Cobb County school system allows employees, not teachers, to carry guns at school | Georgia

(The Center Square) – The Cobb County School Board has approved a policy that allows some school employees, but not teachers, to carry guns at school.

Proponents say the policy will keep students safe and help deter the likelihood of a school shooter. Opponents said the measure would not make students safer.

Under the policy, the district superintendent may authorize certain school employees to carry firearms on school property, on school buses, and at school events.

“Quite simply, this policy gives us more opportunities to improve and increase the number of school resource officers,” Cobb County Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said. according at Fox 5 Atlanta.

“Teachers will not be armed,” Ragsdale said, according at WSB Radio. “It’s very important, obviously, that we exhaust all possible options to keep our staff and students safe.”

However, Mike Tafelski, senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), said the policy does not address the “root causes of the epidemic of gun violence in the country”. Instead, Cobb County school board members approved “a policy that would expose students and teachers to more gun violence.”

“These school board members routinely adopt school policies that are ineffective for the stated goals,” Tafelski said in a statement. “To be clear, more guns, more police and more penalties do not make schools safer. The new policy is not rooted in data, community input or evidence-based solutions. evidence.”

Guns and the Second Amendment have been a hot topic in Georgia and across the country following an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. In May, Georgian officials said they were working to create behavioral threat assessment teams across the state as part of a larger school safety effort.

In a Friday TweeterGovernor Brian Kemp said the Georgia Public Safety Training Center “will train 400 school resource officers as we further invest millions of dollars in school safety measures across the state. We are working with partners at all levels to ensure that our students, educators, and classrooms are safe.”

Separately, Georgia Democrats have called Kemp to call a special legislative session so lawmakers can review the state’s gun laws.

Jeremy S. McLain