HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is signing legislation that his office says clarifies the options for who school districts and private schools can hire as armed security guards, although Wolf’s administration says it bars districts from allowing teachers to be armed.
The bill Wolf signed Tuesday also expands training requirements for armed school officers.READ MORE: Flames Engulf Home Along Market Street In Leechburg
It says schools can hire armed security guards on contract, as long as they meet certain certification standards. It also expands the definition of a school officer to include a county sheriff or deputy sheriff. Wolf’s office says schools were already employing both.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Shot In Knoxville
In a statement, Wolf says teachers cannot be considered security personnel, and aren’t authorized to be armed in schools under any law in Pennsylvania.
Most Democratic lawmakers opposed the bill, saying allowing more guns into school won’t solve school shootings.MORE NEWS: One Person Hospitalized After Crash In Uniontown
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