Top Cop Says Arming Teachers 'Not the Answer'

Keel talks with State Senators

Ed Jenson
March 06, 2018 - 1:09 pm

South Carolina's top law enforcement officer says arming the state's teachers "is not the answer" to making schools safer.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told a Senate panel Tuesday that he feels teachers should be focused on teaching, not weapons training. Keel also says he feels the presence of school resource officers is the best way to keep students safe.

Gov. Henry McMaster said at a school safety summit last week that he wants an armed officer in every school before he would consider arming teachers. The state Education Department says it could cost up to $60 million to put a trained, armed police officer in every South Carolina elementary, middle and high school.

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