South Dakota ‘sentinels’ law allows schools to have armed teachers in classrooms

Bill: HB1087 (PDF)

Sponsored by Reps. Craig, Bolin, Lust, Gosch, Sen. Tieszen, et al, and signed into law in 2013 by Governor Dennis Daugaard, HB1087 (School Sentinel plan) authorizes individual school boards to create, establish, and supervise individual school sentinel programs to promote school safety. The bill states: “Any school board may create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers in such manner and according to such protocols as the board, in its sole discretion, may believe to be most likely to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defense of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack by any terrorist, criminal, deranged person, or other perpetrator of deadly force.”

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