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Floyd school board member suggests arming teachers

A Floyd County businessman and school board member has suggested arming teachers as a way to increase safety in schools, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The public Facebook message by Jay Shell has garnered more than 700 comments and 250 shares since its weekend post.

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The comments range in opinions from supporters to people insisting there are better ways to protect children. It’s all in the wake of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida where a former student opened fire inside the school, killing 17 people.  

“It has opened up some great, positive conversation about keeping our kids safe,” Shell told Channel 2. “I’m really thankful for that, because it’s really opened up my eyes for more social workers to get involved earlier with children,” he continued.

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