New law lets South Dakota schools arm teachers, volunteers

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(CNN) — School boards in South Dakota can let school employees, hired security personnel or volunteers carry guns in schools under a law signed Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Under such “school sentinal” programs, school boards can arm such people “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.”

All school sentinels would first be required to complete a training program. Some other states, including Utah, allow teachers to have loaded weapons inside classrooms.

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