In order to possibly defend against the event of an active shooter, schools in the county of North Carolina are being equipped with AR-15 rifles for school resource officers to use during an emergency.
Triggered by the recent Uvalde massacre, officials and Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood have placed one semiautomatic rifle in each of the county’s six schools. Each of the guns will be locked inside a safe, Harwood said.
The initiative is a joint effort by the North Carolina school district and sheriff’s office, who are looking to enhance security before schools reopen. Speaking about the mishandling of the Texas case, Harwood said, “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. I just want to make sure my deputies are prepared in the event that happens.”
Harwood said the county’s school resource officers have been training with instructors from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. He added
that the safes where the AR-15s will be kept will also hold ammunition and breaching tools for barricaded doors.
“We’ll have those tools to be able to breach that door if needed. 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 said.