Administrators armed in W. Colo. school district

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

DENVER (AP) — As lawmakers nationwide debate arming teachers and administrators to prevent another school shooting, one Colorado school district has already voted to allow its superintendent and a principal to carry guns on campus.

A board that oversees schools in rural Dolores County voted in February to allow the principal of Dove Creek High School and the superintendent to double as security officers, who under state law are allowed to carry guns on elementary, middle and high school campuses. They will receive an additional $1 salary and must complete a concealed-carry course.

But some say the decision sidesteps laws meant to keep schools gun-free and would put guns in the hands of staff who aren't trained to shoot in crisis situations.

The debate was sparked after mass shootings in Aurora and Connecticut.

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