Several Georgia school systems will vote this month on whether to allow teachers to carry guns on campus. AJC file photo
Like Cherokee, Bleckley County schools has formed a committee to look at safety improvements. A list of several dozen recommendations was presented to the board last month. “A way for teachers to defend themselves in their classrooms” was No. 6 on the list. Other suggestions included bulletproof glass in the office and on doors; fencing; panic buttons on buses, ID badges for teachers, a full-time resource officer, changing car-rider procedures, drills, and other changes in procedure or technology.
Bleckley’s school board meets again on May 15.
Jefferson County Schools is planning to vote May 10 on a school gun policy. School officials met Sunday with parents who were concerned that the plan is too vague.
“It is really terrifying to think about the fact that I could be in a classroom with a teacher that just has a gun somewhere,” student Ella Phillips told Channel 2 Action News.
“I’ve spent many hours on many days meeting with representatives from the group. I haven’t acquiesced to all of their demands but I’ve explained my views and the reasoning behind them,” responded Jefferson Superintendent Molly Howard.
Fannin County schools will also vote on a measure to allow teachers to carry guns on May 10.
In a letter last month to parents, Superintendent Michael Gwatney appeared to endorse the policy.
“Safety is the top priority,” he wrote. “We do not wait for emergency professionals but instead take immediate action during fires, injuries, and heart attacks; likewise, we should never have to wait for outside help to begin a swift and appropriate response to an attack on our school community.”
Georgia school districts to vote on arming teachers
Fannin County — May 10
Jefferson County — May 10
Bleckley County — May 15