Lawmaker wants marshals in schools to protect students

02/14/2016 08:53 AM

FRANKFORT – A Kentucky lawmaker wants to protect Kentucky’s public school students the same way passengers are currently being protected on airline flights — with armed marshals.

Republican state Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, has filed House Bill 270, which would place undercover marshals, known only to school administrators and local law enforcement, in school buildings to act as first responders in the event of an emergency in the building.

DuPlessis says the reason for the bill is to better protect Kentucky’s school children.

“We’ve all seen the need to have our schools protected,” DuPlessis said. “People with deranged minds or terrorists thoughts always go to the place that’s a gun free zone. They know that’s a soft target. Shoot people with abandon, and not get shot at.”

The marshals would be employees of the school and undergo extensive Kentucky State Police training.

The marshal would not carry a weapon, but have access to a gun and ammo stored in a lockbox, DuPlessis said.


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