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Mixed reactions from Mid-South on new school security bill

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At the Memphis Education Association, Union president Keith Williams said he is unnerved by the thought of guns on a school campus. At the Memphis Education Association, Union president Keith Williams said he is unnerved by the thought of guns on a school campus.
State representative G.A. Hardaway said domestic terrorism and gang warfare are a threat to school safety. State representative G.A. Hardaway said domestic terrorism and gang warfare are a threat to school safety.
It is possible teachers could be packing heat in some Mid-South school districts after Governor Bill Haslam signed a new school security bill into law Thursday. It is possible teachers could be packing heat in some Mid-South school districts after Governor Bill Haslam signed a new school security bill into law Thursday.
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(WMC-TV) - It is possible teachers could be packing heat in some Mid-South school districts after Governor Bill Haslam signed a new school security bill into law Thursday.

The sign on the schoolhouse door says it all: no guns allowed. The state recently passed a law to the contrary.

At the Memphis Education Association, Union president Keith Williams said he is unnerved by the thought of guns on a school campus.

"Please, please, please do not dump this on teachers because when it goes wrong who will be blamed? Teachers," said Williams. "I'll tell you this: where you tend to place guns somehow they wind up being used."

State representative G.A. Hardaway said domestic terrorism and gang warfare are a threat to school safety.

"The schools are a soft spot. Always have been," he said.

He co-sponsored the bill, but only after several revisions that specify a long list of which school personnel are allowed to carry.

"We've got to re-think our school security, our public safety as it directly impacts our children," said Hardaway.

By e-mail, the school district said their policy remains the same and that no guns allowed. Any change must come from the school board in collaboration with the police department.

Hardaway doubts anything will change in Memphis.

"Because what we've got in place is pretty much working. We have a security force. We have resource officers who are quite capable," he said.

As for Williams, he said schools may need more security, but he is cold on the idea of teachers packing heat.

"It's just not a well-thought out plan. It will not work. It should not work," he said.

The law outlines all the requirements and how it would work. Read more about it here.

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