El Paso County school district to vote on allowing teachers to be armed

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A school district in El Paso County will vote Wednesday on whether to allow teachers and other school staff to be armed.

The Hanover School District 28 board of education will take up the matter during a meeting, The Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Wednesday is the four-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six others.

Besides fears of mass shootings, board member Michael Lawson said nearby marijuana grows are a concern.

“There are three (grows) within 2 miles of the school,” Lawson told the newspaper. “The Cuban and Colombian cartels are buying up land to grow marijuana in Colorado. We need to look at the safety of the schools and the kids.”

Under state law, no one can carry concealed firearms on public elementary and secondary school property unless the person is a security guard for the school.

The school district, which has about 270 students, is about 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs.

 

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