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Addison Community School District considers arming employees

Posted at 6:14 AM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 06:07:35-04

LANSING, Mich. — Contributing to the controversial debate over gun laws, Addison Community Schools is considering arming its employees.

The school board wants to hear from parents Monday night on what they think about that plan.

The district says its needed for a couple reasons.

It argues it is in a remote location between Hillsdale and Jackson. Because of that they say it's more difficult for police to get there quickly.

The district says it took police 38 minutes to get to a threat back in 2018.

The school district also received a grant that same year to installed shatterproof glass and new security cameras.

The district also practices various active shooter drills.

While parents might be for the new plan teachers and employees statewide do not seem to agree.

A poll by the Michigan Education Association Teachers Union shows 71 percent were against a plan for concealed carry by district employees.

If parents approve the school board will vote on the issue.

If the board was to pass the vote it would make Addison one of the first schools to arm employees in the state.

The meeting begins Monday at 7 p.m.

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