A South Dakota law has prompted the possibility of school employees being armed. One person has now completed training under the law, but officials will not say where the person works.

The law, created in 2013, allows the school districts to have “sentinels.”

A sentinel is when school employees, volunteers or security guards are allowed to carry firearms on school campuses.

This spring, the first school district to implement a sentinel program was Tri-Valley. However, according to the Attorney General’s office, the person who just completed the training isn’t necessarily from that district. They could be from anywhere in the state.

The school district says they will not be giving out any more information about its sentinel program. It is strictly confidential.

The training, which costs districts between $600 and $900, was voted on unanimously by Tri-Valley School Board members. The outcome caused concerned parents and a teacher to come forward, stating it was a shock. Other parents were in favor, saying that it was a “no-brainer” to host the sentinel, for it ensured student and employee safety.

The number of sentinels a school hosts is not limited, due to state law. Schools are also not required to disclose the number of sentinels hired or present on a school campus.

Source: The Argus Leader 


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