Darton State College made a uniformed police officer leave the classroom after stating that guns were not welcome there. A student, who is also a police officer, was escorted from the room after the professor made it clear that his firearm was making others uncomfortable.
The student police officer incident went viral after the class dismissed and Darton State College issued an apology, WALB reports. The student had just ended his shift and rushed straight to class while still in his full duty uniform. The school issued a statement of regret for what it deemed a “misunderstanding.”
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Here’s an excerpt from the Darton State College apology to the student police officer.
“Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus. We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.”
The teacher who had the uniformed police officer student escorted from the classroom had either failed to learn the school policy about guns on the Georgia college campus, forgot specifics of the rule, or chose to ignore the mandate.
The Darton State College handbook does say that students are prohibited from possessing guns on college property, but allows exceptions for law enforcement officers, district attorneys, and judges.
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Darton State College is located on a 180-acre campus in the southwestern region of the state. The school has more than 30 campus organizations, 11 nationally-regarded athletic programs, and a series of art, theater, dance, and music departments, according to the school’s website.
When the story about the student police officer at Darton State College hit social media, a debate about having guns on campus broke out. Second Amendment activists, as well as many concerned parents and spouses of staffers, do not feel that a “gun-free zone” sign will keep their loved ones safe on campus. Many who were shocked at the teacher having the police officer escorted from the room noted that mass shooters and estranged significant others will not be deterred by a sign stating that it is illegal to carry a gun on campus.
Schools throughout the United States have begun to allow teachers and other staff members to garner the required training to get a concealed carry permit so they can be the first line of defense on their respective campuses. The fear that some supporters of the teacher expressed during the debate baffled many law-abiding gun owners.
Some schools are permitting school resource officers to have semi-automatic rifles, but they must keep them locked in the trunks of their vehicles. If a mass shooter does enter the building, it is highly probable that the officers will not have time to run to the parking lot, get their AR-15s, and get back in the school in time to to prevent the slaughter.
Some San Bernardino shooting victims told the media that if they had been allowed to take a gun inside the government building the day terrorists stormed inside and fired with complete abandon, the death toll would have have been lower.
What do you think about the Darton State College professor kicking the student clad in his police uniform out of class because he had his service weapon? Do you think gun-free zone signs keep a school safe or put a target on the back of those inside?
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