State Sen. Bob Marshall has proposed a bill that would require some teachers to carry concealed weapons in public schools.
The proposal comes after increased discussion about guns in the classroom following the mass shooting Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.
During a radio interview on Dec. 18, Gov. Bob McDonnell addressed the issue. “I know there’s been a knee-jerk reaction against that,” he said. “I think there should at least be a discussion of that.”
In response, Sen. Donald McEachin, the Democratic Caucus Chair released a statement that read, in part: “The Governor should know better than to suggest that arming citizens will solve anything.”
Louisa County Public School officials have not released an official statement on Marshall’s proposal, but last week, Superintendent Deborah Pettit released a phone message to parents of Louisa County students in the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut.
Pettit said that the “safety and well-being of our children is of the utmost importance.”
She said the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office will increase their presence at all schools next week and that counselors will be available.
Pettit asked that parents consider limiting children’s media exposure to the tragedy, but also asked that parents be willing to discuss the issue if their children asked about the incident.
“I ask that you join me in keeping all those affected by the tragedy in our thoughts,” Pettit said.