In the aftermath of the school shooting in Florida last month the actions of the school resource officer who stayed outside the building have been highly criticized. Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning says deputies provide that service at several schools and the rules are plain and clear.
Sheriff Dunning says, “I can say the national conversation right now is about whether the SRO should have gone into the school or not. I can tell you that absolutely our SRO’s are going in whether they have backup or not.”
Dunning avoided commenting on the Florida case specifically but added that his school resource officers go through active shooter training and almost all are rifle certified.
When it comes to arming teachers Dunning says not all will have the capability of handling a firearm but if there are staff members willing to carry a gun and go through the training, that is another level of security inside that building.