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Posted: 5:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Training and arming school staff with guns are just some of the recommendations the National Rifle Association outlined on Tuesday after a $1 million study looking at school safety. One of our area's newly elected representatives told Eyewitness News why he supports the plan. "As parents, we send our kids off to school and there are certain expectations and obviously in Sandy Hook, those expectations were not met," said Mark Mationli. Mationli is the father of one of the children shot and killed at Sandy Hook in December. On Tuesday, he stood in support of a series of recommendations outlined by the NRA. "The presence of an armed security personnel at a school adds a layer of security and diminishes response time," said Ada Hutchinson. Hutchinson outlined eight recommendations from a 225-page report that he said are guidelines for improving school safety. They include creating school resource officer positions and even intense training for teachers so they could carry guns in the classroom. Eyewitness News spoke to Rep. Richard Hudson in Cabarrus County on Tuesday. Hudson said he supports having armed guns at schools. "I think the issue of having armed guards at schools is something that every community ought to look at. I do not think it is something the Federal government ought to mandate," he said. Other suggestions include creating an outline tool so school districts around the country can evaluate their own security standards then find ways to improve them. The group is also pushing Congress to make funding a priority for schools that want to implement more safety measures.
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