Jackson County Sheriff Proposes Turning Teachers Into Deputies

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Updated: 5/17/2013 9:32 pm
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Imagine school principals and some teachers packing guns.  The Jackson County Sheriff says it's a good idea.  The sheriff proposes teachers and principals become Deputies.

The plan calls for the principals to openly carry guns, and the Sheriff would pick others to be undercover Deputies in schools.

Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman has never fired a gun in the line of duty.

"I've had the hammer back on something, but I've never, never dropped it on anybody," said Peyman.

But he wants to make teachers the first line of defense for Jackson County's children.

"People have a fear of death, and the fear of death is going to make you do the right thing," said Peyman.

As a Deputy, the teachers would have arresting power, a badge, and a gun.

"I think it just boils down to common sense," said Peyman.

Peyman says Jackson County would be the first school district to turn teachers into deputies.

"Firearm training is going to be the first.  That's going to be either they can shoot, or they can't," said Peyman.

Peyman says everybody is on board with the idea.

"Give the principals a little more authority," said Peyman,

But we checked with the School Board.

The Jackson County Superintendent gave us a one sentence statement directing us to call the school board's lawyer.

Attorney Larry Bryson says he won't recommend the school board turn its teachers into Sheriff's Deputies.

The School Board will formally discuss the proposal Tuesday.

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