With schools being the number one target for the deranged, at least one Oklahoma school has set out to negate this reality. In fact, a sign they posted outside their facility has left a few people downright terrified – but for the most part, parents are absolutely loving it.
We’ve heard too many times about a school being shot up, and it’s high time a solution be presented. Luckily, lawmakers in Oklahoma have passed legislation which allows for school staff and administrators to carry firearms.
Things just got harder for anyone sick enough to harm our children. Erected in Okay, Oklahoma, a school has posted a sign that has surely turned a few heads.
In its entirety, it reads:
“ATTENTION: Please be aware that certain staff members at Okay Public Schools can be legally armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”
Superintendent Charles McMahan shed a little more light on their decision to start implementing such a practice, saying, “We don’t want to be a soft target.” Although the town still has access to the county sheriff’s office, the town’s police department has recently been disbanded, leaving many feeling vulnerable.
It should be noted here that not any adult can bring a gun into school. Those who would like to do so must undergo extensive training and have to be approved by the school board as well. Parents feel comfortable that with the sign up, their children are clear of any future threat. It helps to ease their worries to know that good guys with guns are in the building.
Of course, not everyone is so keen on the idea, and surrounding districts have refused to enact the policy. Porum Public Schools Superintendent Curtis Curry said, “We just don’t think it’s safe.”
What’s not safe is to leave our kids defenseless. “There have been numerous shootings in the country, and we want to keep our students safe,” said Okay principal, Mark Hayes. “These are our kids.”
I don’t know about you, but this is definitely something I would like to see in every school. If anything, it’ll deter potential attacks as cowards will look elsewhere for more vulnerable prey at a gun-free zone.