- A North Carolina school system provides its six schools with AR-15 rifles to protect against mass shooters.
- The guns were added after a horrific school shooting in Uwald, Texas, that killed 19 children.
- “I want my team to be fully prepared,” Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood said.
A North Carolina school system has given every school AR-15 rifles to protect children from mass shooters. Report From the Asheville Citizenship Era.
“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safes in all the schools in the county,” Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Citizen Times. “We also have break tools to get into those safes. We’re in these safes. There are additional magazines with ammo in the safe.”
Harwood said six elementary, middle and high schools were given rifles, ammunition and safes.
The guns were added to schools after the devastating school shooting in May in Uwald, Texas. Police said the gunman killed 19 children and two adults in the shooting.
“Those cops were in that building for so long and that suspect was able to sneak into that building and injure and kill so many kids,” Harwood said. “I just wanted to make sure my deputy was in when that happened. be ready.”
“The reason we put the sabotage tool in the safe is so if we have someone barricading inside the door, we don’t have to wait for the fire department to get there,” Harwood added. “We’ll have the tools to break through that door if needed. I don’t want to run back to the car to get AR because it’s a waste of time. Hopefully we’ll never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible.”
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Harwood told the Citizen Times he believes guns and ammunition are necessary to protect students in the event of a shooting.
“I hate when our country gets to a place where I have to put a safe in my school and lock that safe so my lieutenant can get the AR-15. But, we can ‘don’t close it and say it won’t be in Maddie’ What happened in Madison County, but we never know,” he said. “I want parents in Madison County to know that we will take all necessary steps to keep our children safe in this school system. If my parents, as a whole, wanted me to stand at that door with AR that cop around my neck, then I would do whatever my parents wanted to keep our kids safe. ”