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Rutherford County Officials Discuss New School Safety Plans

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn.- As the tragic event in Newtown remains front of mind, police and school leaders in the mid-state are coming together to discuss additional tactics to keep children safe at school.

On Wednesday a meeting was held between the Rutherford County Sheriff, the Rutherford County Schools Superintendent and several state representatives to discuss school safety. The unexpected and horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut motivated the round table at Murfreesboro's Riverdale High School.

Officials met to discuss what more could be done to protect students while at school.

"If you have that SRO at the school that is his job to engage the threat and annihilate the threat," explained Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

While hiring additional School Resource Officers or SROs in schools was one suggestion the topic of conversation soon turned to possibly arming school faculty. One school in Texas, has given teachers who carry gun permits and have gun training to serve as armed protectors if a Newtown or Columbine situation happens there.

"Not everybody is going to get selected. There may be some people that are weeded out, that they have the heart to want to do it, but they don't have the skills to do it. That's why I would like if we're going to do it here in Rutherford County that the Sheriff's Office be the lead agency train those people," said State Representative Joe Carr

Carr plans to present a bill to the house and senate next year regarding this issue. He said he sees a minimal requirement across the board and each district would decide on how strict they will get with a new law.

"I'm not saying it's going to cost anything, especially if we use existing school personnel. That mitigates in a big way. Let's not discount a good idea just because it may cost something," explained Carr.

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