County Places AR-15s in Every School
A school district in Madison County, North Carolina, is putting AR-15 rifles in each of its six schools to bolster security.
The move comes in the wake of the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this year.
“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safes in all of our schools in the county,” Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times. “We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.”
The breaching tools would allow police to break down barricaded doors without waiting for the fire department to arrive.
Harwood said he wants to “make sure my deputies are prepared” after police in Uvalde waited more than an hour to neutralize the shooter at Robb Elementary School.
“Those officers were in that building for so long, and that suspect was able to infiltrate that building and injure and kill so many kids,” Harwood said.
“I do not want to have to run back out to the car to grab an AR, because that’s time lost. Hopefully, we’ll never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as prepared can be,” he added.
Harwood continued: “I want the parents of Madison County to know we’re going to take every measure necessary to ensure our kids are safe in this school system. If my parents, as a whole, want me to stand at that door with that AR strapped around that officer’s neck, then I’m going to do whatever my parents want as a whole to keep our kids safe.”