Colorado district allows teachers to carry guns

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DENVER (AP) _ A rural Colorado school district has decided to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students.

The Hanover School District 28 board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to allow school employees to volunteer to be armed on the job after undergoing training.

The district’s two schools are about 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, and it takes law enforcement an average of 20 minutes to get there.

Other school districts in Colorado and in Texas, Oklahoma and California have also allowed teachers to carry weapons since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Wednesday night’s vote comes on the fourth anniversary of the shooting. Officials say the proposal has been in the works since June and the timing of the final vote was coincidental.

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