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NC senator proposes "safety marshals" for schools

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 01 2013 06:49:05 AM CST
RALEIGH -

A state senator is proposing to let North Carolina public schools create "safety marshals" who would know how to use a gun during a campus crisis.
    
Republican Sen. Stan Bingham of Denton filed legislation Thursday that would allow local school boards or charter schools to designate school employees, volunteers or others as a school safety marshal.
    
The State Board of Education would work with the state agency that trains law enforcement officers to develop an emergency management program and set standards for marshals that would include firearms and how to use them around unarmed bystanders.
    
Bingham said the marshal wouldn't carry a gun at school but would have access to one in case of an emergency. No word on if or when the bill will be heard.