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Fri April 26, 2013
Oklahoma House Resurrects Bill to Arm School Teachers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to allow specially trained armed teachers in public school classrooms has been resurrected in the Oklahoma House.
The author of the proposal, Sapulpa Republican Rep. Mark McCullough, attached the proposal as an amendment Thursday to a separate bill. The House voted to accept the amendment and then voted 69-25 to pass the bill. The measure heads to the Senate, where the chairman of the Senate Education earlier this year declined to hear it. The Senate author of the bill, Democratic Sen. Susan Paddack of Ada, said Thursday she doesn't think the amendment will succeed in the Senate.
McCullough has pushed the idea of allowing teachers and other school employees to bring weapons into schools if they receive specialized training from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.