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Is Arming Principals the Answer to School Violence?

A Georgia lawmaker thinks it would at least send a message.

Is Arming Principals the Answer to School Violence? Is Arming Principals the Answer to School Violence?

WSBTV Channel Two recently reported that Georgia Rep. Paul Battles, a Republican from Bartow County, is proposing that in the absence of an armed school resource officer, the school principal be trained and armed. There would be a cost involved — that of purchasing the guns and training the principals. It wouldn’t, however, be as costly as paying a full-time salary for a school resource officer. Battles said it would at least send a message to anyone contemplating anything like the massacre that happened in Newtown, Conn.

"If you come in and try to do harm to children and administrators you are going to be met with force," Battles told Channel 2.

But not everyone agrees. One parent reportedly said he didn’t believe adding more guns to the mix is the answer to the problem.

What do you think? Is arming and training school principals the right way to go in the absence of trained police officers in the schools?

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