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Frederick teachers, principal speak out on guns in school

FREDERICK Okla_ Frederick high school administrators are speaking out in response to recent talks of arming teachers during class hours.

Yesterday, an Oklahoma Lawmaker began working on a bill that would allow teachers and school administrators who receive proper training to carry firearms. That idea is drawing mixed reactions in Frederick.

Some said they don't like the idea of guns inside classrooms, but they all agreed: if any one should have to carry one, it should be a school administrator. Some teachers had a different response.

"My heart just goes out to them," Frederick High Cool Principal Randy Biggs said. "What if that is one of our kids? I just can't imagine the heartbreak. It just floors you."

Right now, Principal Randy Biggs has monitors set up in his office to watch over the school and reminds teachers to lock their doors. He said he isn't against carrying extra protection to safe guard his students.

"I'm not sure there is a solution altogether that will take care of it. Personally, I don't have a problem. I'll do whatever I have to do to protect our schools. If that means me carrying, that's fine, but I may not be here everyday."

Biggs isn't too keen on the idea of teachers being allowed to have a gun, though, even if they are registered to carry one.

"If I have a teacher that can carry, what keeps a student from overtaking that teacher and getting the weapon? Sometimes you create more problems with that."

History teacher Starla Franklin believes being armed at school could work if teachers were well-trained, but it wouldn't be her.

"I think it's a little scary," Franklin said. "I think it's a little intimidating to me. I do think that someone or some people in the school being armed is a good idea."

English teacher Amy Waldroop said she is currently working on getting her license to carry firearms. She said she refuses to bring a gun to class.

"I don't think that every teacher should be armed in this day and time," Waldroop said. "It's hard to keep everything locked up and safe and secure."

No matter what steps schools take to keep kids safe, they all agree something has to be done quickly.

"I think it discourages people or makes them think twice about going into a school," Biggs said. "There is someone there to standup and be able to defend the school. If that's what we need to do let's do it."

"I think it's great that we're taking all of these measures," Waldroop said. "We need to do everything we can to keep our little ones safe."

"I feel bad that we have come to that," Franklin said. "This is the place other than home that kids should feel safe."

Principal Biggs said some staff and students wore green Tuesday, in honor of the victims of last Friday's massacre in at Sandy Hook Elementary.

 

 

 

 

 

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