Locals respond to NRA proposal of armed guards at schools

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A plan by the National Rifle Association to make schools safe has some local school leaders wondering if it's the best plan.

Amid criticism from gun control advocates, the NRA suggested placing an armed officer in every American school.

Friday night some parents said it's a good idea.

"The children need to be safe in school," said Vicki Fee.

Iredell-Statesville school board member Bryan Shoemaker watched the NRA's news conference Friday.

"I was shocked that that was the proposal," he said.

He added that the plan could keep children safe, but carrying it out would present a huge financial challenge.

"My initial reaction was who's going to pay for it," he said. "I'm a budget hawk and kind of looking at how can we afford to do this."

Mecklenburg, Rowan and Iredell counties already have school resource officers, but most only patrol middle and high schools. Some leaders said they didn't have a solid opinion on the NRA's plan just yet. Some weren't sure if the plan would prevent violence such as was seen in Connecticut.

Shoemaker said a school safety committee was preparing some recommendations that would help improve school safety. They would be presented at next month's school board meeting.