POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:20am
WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Would you feel safe if the person who taught your kids had a gun in the classroom? It’s an issue the West Baton Rouge school board has decided to tackle in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school.
"I think it's a great idea," says Dwyane Hill.
Hill has a six year old who goes to Port Allen elementary. He believes that if the teacher at Sandy Hook had been armed, the outcome would have been much different.
"It takes at least two minutes most of the time for the policeman to get there. And that's all it took to do the damage that they did at that school," states Hill.
But not all parents feel the same way. Tammi O'haver is the mother of two kids in the school system. She’s afraid that if there's a gun in the classroom, it could get into the wrong hands.
"A student might go in their desk, find it and he might take it out of her desk, bring it outside and might pull it out on somebody else's child,” says O’haver.
West Baton Rouge school superintendent David Corona says if the board does decide to put guns in the hands of teachers; it wouldn't be until they had extensive psychological evaluations and firearms training. As it stands now, Louisiana law doesn't allow citizens to carry a concealed handgun into schools.