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School administrators could carry guns

Dr. Rayfield
Posted at 11:13 PM, Feb 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-06 23:13:00-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL)--Will school administrators in Georgia be armed with guns to protect students?

That push prompted by state lawmakers now delayed.

School leaders are weighing in on the bill. This in the wake of the Newtown Connecticut massacre. Decatur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield says he's all about empowering employees to do what they have to do to protect students but he says the proposal throws up some red flags.

He says it would be difficult finding administrators willing to take on the responsibility and liability that comes with carrying guns.

"We think that it could be a positive step and it certainly can be but you also could get into a scenario if a principal steps into a fight in the lunchroom to separate two students and one of the students takes the gun that the administrator is carrying," said Dr. Rayfield.

A Georgia house committee will vote next week on whether to allow designated administrators to carry guns provided they're properly trained.