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School District Gives Rifles to Security Guards

'It better be well thought out'

(Newser) - A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles to protect students in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, the AP reports. The guards, who are not law enforcement officers, already carry handguns. Douglas County School District security director Richard Payne told... More »

3 Boys in Custody Over Guns at Middle School

Denver police say they had some kind of smoke device, too

(Newser) - Three boys are in custody over a scare at a middle school in Denver. Police haven't divulged many details surrounding yesterday's arrests, other than a few alarming facts: The boys had two guns and a smoke bomb of some kind, reports 9 News . Authorities say the arrests were... More »

SC Schools May Teach Gun Training

House bill calls for 3-week study of 2nd Amendment

(Newser) - Two new bills could bring gun education, including gun training, to South Carolina students. The first is from Rep. Alan Clemmons, who tells WCIV that teachers don't focus enough on the Second Amendment, and that a lack of knowledge about guns and gun safety implies "the gun is... More »

Tiny Arkansas Town Arms 20 Teachers

They were each given $1,100 to buy handgun, holster

(Newser) - When school resumes in August, more than 20 teachers and other school employees in Clarksville, Ark., will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. Clarksville, a community of 9,200 people, isn't known for... More »

Fans of Arming School Staff Have Surprising Opponent

Insurance companies, who say they will deny coverage or jack up premiums

(Newser) - Arming staff with guns may not be the magic bullet some schools had hoped in the battle to prevent future school shootings. That's because many insurers won't even let them try, the New York Times reports. In Kansas, where schools are now allowed to arm employees , EMC, the... More »

School Grills Boy, 5, Over Toy Gun Until He Pees Pants

Kindergartner was questioned 2 hours before mom was called

(Newser) - A mother of a Maryland kindergartner is a teacher herself and understands that school officials had a right to be a little concerned when her son was seen with a cap gun on the morning bus ride. But she's a little ticked that school officials questioned the 5-year-old for... More »

South Dakota Passes Law Arming Teachers

It allows volunteer 'school sentinels' to carry guns on campus

(Newser) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law today that will allow the state's teachers and volunteer "school sentinels" to pack heat in the classroom. While other states have laws that in theory might allow teachers to be armed, South Dakota is believed to be the first to... More »

Cops: 5th-Graders Planned to Kill 'Annoying' Classmate

Police say 2 boys brought gun, knife to school in murder plot

(Newser) - Residents of the eastern Washington town of Colville are reeling after police announced they had uncovered a murder plot by two fifth-grade boys, reports the Los Angeles Times . The boys brought a .45-caliber Remington 1911 semiautomatic handgun and a knife to school, intending to kill a classmate "because she... More »

7-Year-Old Finds Loaded Gun in His Backpack

Boy alerts school, police trying to find out how it got there

(Newser) - Police say a 7-year-old boy alerted a teacher after finding a loaded gun in his backpack at a Philadelphia elementary school. It happened during an after-school program at Universal Samuel Daroff Charter School around 4pm yesterday; the boy was putting a folder in his bag at the end of the... More »

Cops: Mom Put Gun in 7-Year-Old's Backpack

She says she didn't mean for him to bring it to school

(Newser) - A Queens woman has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, and more, after leaving a .22-caliber pistol and a flare gun in her 7-year-old son's backpack—something the 7-year-old discovered only after arriving at school. Deborah Farley, 53, says she put... More »

2 States Consider Arming Teachers

Proposed bills in Va., Tenn. would require armed staffers at schools

(Newser) - In the wake of the Newtown school shooting , at least two states are considering not fewer guns but more guns: Virginia and Tennessee are considering arming their teachers.
  • A Virginia state delegate is proposing a bill that would require some members of school staff to carry guns, the Washington Post
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Utah 11-Year-Old: I Brought Gun to School for Protection

He is arrested and faces serious charges

(Newser) - Authorities say an 11-year-old boy caught with a gun at school in Utah told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of a Connecticut-style attack. School officials say the boy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students told... More »

Boy, 8, Sells Gun to Classmate for $3

Third-grade buyer showed off weapon to mother

(Newser) - This story could have had a much unhappier ending: An 8-year-old arrived at his New York City school yesterday with a loaded handgun and sold it to a third-grader for $3. The buyer took it home to show his mother; furious, she told school officials, who reported it to police.... More »

Jan Brewer Vetoes Arizona Campus Gun, Birther Bills

Governor labels 'birther' law a 'bridge too far'

(Newser) - Arizona's Republican governor has vetoed the "birther bill" passed by the state legislature . Jan Brewer called the bill, which would have required presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before appearing on Arizona ballots, "a bridge too far," CNN reports. "As a former secretary of state,... More »

Guns Now Allowed on Arizona Campuses

But bill was watered down to keep guns out of university buildings

(Newser) - Arizona's House yesterday approved a bill allowing people to have guns while walking or driving through state university and community college campuses, sending the measure to Jan Brewer for her signature. The Senate had already passed the controversial bill, but not before watering it down a bit, changing it to... More »

6-Year-Old Suspended for Bringing Nerf Gun to School

Anthony Saenz just wanted to play cops and robbers

(Newser) - There was no mistaking Anthony Saenz's neon orange and yellow Nerf gun for a real one, but the 6-year-old found himself under fire all the same. After whipping it out on Denver's McGlone Elementary playground in an attempt to play cops and robbers, the kindergarten student was suspended for a... More »

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