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Sheriff Johnson Suggests Arming Teachers At Tuesday’s Supervisors Meeting

Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson is suggesting that teachers or other public school employees could be armed and serve to protect students in the absence of school resource officers. Johnson made the remarks during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisor Patrick Jones had asked that the Sheriff look into assigning more of his deputies as school resource officers, but the Sheriff says staffing issues are at crisis levels and he simply does not have the manpower. He said that the probation department might be able to step up and provide some armed protection for schools, but if trained law enforcement is unavailable he said it’s possible to train a member of the school staff to serve in that role. The ultimate decision would be up to each school board and school administrators. The board agreed to discuss the suggestion at a future meeting.