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Hannibal Supt. opposed to proposal for guns in schools


Imagine if your child's teacher was carrying a gun while in the classroom?

Some Missouri lawmakers want that to happen after tragedies like the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

But not all local school officials agree.

And Hannibal Public Schools Superintendent Jill Janes say while student safety is always a major concern, armed teachers is not the right approach. And some Hannibal parents agree.

"Teachers are there to teach. They are not qualified to be a patrol officer," said Stella Banghart. 

Banghart's daughter Alanah is a second grader at Mark Twain Elementary School in Hannibal. Banghart doesn't agree with proposed legislation to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in classrooms in Missouri.

"I don't think teachers should have guns in classrooms. I figure it would be too dangerous," said Banghart.

The legislation has more than two dozens sponsors in the Missouri House. Proponents of the bill say people would think twice about attacking schools if they knew teachers were armed.

But Governor Jay Nixon says he has "serious concerns" about the legislation. And Janes agrees.

"I think there is different ways you can keep your school safe. My thing is I think teachers need to have the ability to teach first. You know that is what they are trained to do. They are not trained to be a law enforcement person," said Janes.

Earlier this month, a group of parents spoke out at a school board meeting concerned about safety in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Janes says the school board continues to have discussions about how they can improve the safety of their schools because their first priority is the protecting their students.

"You have to do everything you can possible. So lock your doors, surveillance cameras. Security. Whatever you can do. SRO's on campus. You just have to look at all angles and you have to figure out what is best for that school campus," said Janes.

The Missouri School Boards Association also opposes the legislation.

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