This from NKy.com:
A standing room-only crowd filled the Boone County Public Library Wednesday night to hear a proposal to arm teachers to prevent school shootings.
Boone County Constable Joe Kalil pitched his proposal to train teachers to carry concealed firearms. The sheriffs of Campbell, Kenton, Boone and Grant counties joined Kalil on stage in support.
“Once the gunman is in the school, the one thing that counts more than anything else is time,” Kalil said.
Kalil, an airline pilot and firearms trainer, has proposed the Protecting Our Students and Teachers (POST) program to train teachers and school staff to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds.
Kentucky law allows school boards to decide who, if anybody, carries a firearm on campus. So far, officials are not aware of any school allowing this. Some school boards and education associations have expressed reluctance and have safety concerns.
Kalil and POST program supporters are hoping for a first school board to step up. They plan on presenting the program to local school boards.
“We use guns to protect the president, Congressmen, sporting events, banks, office buildings, courts and airports,” Kalil said. “And your children get a ‘No guns’ sign.”
Kalil envisions about 5 percent of a school’s teachers would be armed. The teachers would be volunteers and schools that participate would have a sign alerting people that teachers and staff are trained and armed.
“By putting a sign on door teachers and staff on this campus are trained and armed, we believe that a shooting will not occur,” Kalil said.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm pretty sure that Sheriff Charles "Chuck" Korzenborn was a student of mine at Kenton County's R. C. Hinsdale Elementary School in the 1970s.
The law gives school boards discretion on how they would structure the program. The program devised by Kalil in cooperation with the Boone County Sheriff would offer polygraph tests, drug tests, background checks in addition to the training.
Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn spoke on stage in defense of the program and said it will increase response time in a shooting.
“The first minute or so, there’s one person with students, whether it’s a maintenance worker or teacher, if there was at least one of them armed, it is a considerable deterrent,” Korzenborn said
A large portion of the 400 people who showed up seemed to support the program based on applause Kalil received when he estimated 20 percent of the people had guns.
“We are in a room right now with 20-25 percent of the people carrying guns, and you should not feel threatened,” Kalil said.
Dakota Richter, a senior at Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County, stood up on stage and said she’d feel safer with armed teachers.
“I’m also heading into the military,” Richter said. “I want to serve my country, but I can’t do that if I don’t survive high school.”
Mark Johnson, a sixth grade teacher at Ockerman Middle School in Boone County, left the meeting with the hope that school districts would implement it. Johnson, an Army veteran who has a concealed carry license, said it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“If we are waiting three minutes or five minutes for 15 cops to show up and you have five teachers that are armed out of 100, you have a much better chance of doing something of stopping and preventing someone from shooting,” Johnson said.
Some left the meeting undecided.
Joe Hamelin, who drives a van for special needs children for Boone County Schools, said the program has merit, but he wants to know how it would affect liability coverage.
“We’re in a situation fiscally now where we can’t even afford to buy our children books,” Hamelin said. “By the same token, they’re right, the only person who’s going to stop a person with a gun is a person with a gun.”