I think it is a terrible idea to have armed sentinels in schools. This is not a job for school district employees. It is a job for law enforcement. The kind of training required is a full-time job and not something that a teacher can learn in a short class.
Ted Tampary, Aberdeen
The sentinel bill did not take a position for or against sentinels in the schools. The bill advocated for decisions concerning school security to be made by the local school board and local law enforcement officials and not by the Legislature in Pierre.
Al Novstrup, Aberdeen
Note: Sen. Al Novstrup, R-Aberdeen, voted yes on the school sentinel program.
I think the best way to do it would be to have all the volunteer staff go through training and pick the best out of the group. I don't think just one sentinel would do either; an attacker may find out that individual and target them first.
Spencer Poel, Aberdeen
We need to go back to square one and start when/where the atheistic, anti-Christian polititians, voters and judges removed Christ from schools. If we change that, plus encourage traditional families, prohibit immoral TV videos and conduct strict gun background checks, we wouldn't need armed school employees.
Bill Fuhrman, Aberdeen
I certainly do not like guns in schools, because children will find them and that could bring on violence, which is not good. If it is a large school and a security guard has been hired for years and he is now allowed to carry a gun, that might be acceptable.
Sister Madonna Pierret, Aberdeen
It's a terrible idea. As if we don't ask enough of teachers already. Now you want them to be cops? I see an accidental child shooting nearly inevitable if school staff starts walking around with guns.
Jacob Lakhany, Aberdeen