PIERRE — Many school districts in South Dakota already have resource officers in their buildings, including uniformed members of the local police force in some communities. Now comes a new concept called school sentinels that Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City, wants to allow.
Craig’s legislation, HB 1087, says individual school boards “may create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel or volunteers” to deter physical threats and defend schools, their personnel, their students and members of the public on the school premises “against violent attack by any terrorist, criminal, deranged person, or other perpetrator of deadly force.”
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