Guns now allowed on school property

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Guns on school property are now allowed by Georgia law.

The Savannah-Chatham School District is planning to change their weapons policy in order to follow suit with state law that actually went into effect July 1 of last year.

The law states that employees who are licensed gun owners can now keep guns locked away in their cars and that applies to teachers as well but not students.

Chief Operations Officer Otis Brock says this is something they had to do.

He wanted to send a strong message to parents that this does not mean your children are in danger at school.

However, the new law still isn't sitting well with parents.

Lakia Smith is like many parents questioning why school districts across the state of Georgia must comply with the new state law allowing guns on campus.

"I think it's not a good thing because it being a safe zone I feel like there should be no weapons around children period you never know what might happen," said Smith.

"We have to comply with state law but from our prospective weapons and school property don't mix. We discourage any employees or visitors to bring weapons even if they are locked away on school campus but by state law they may do so," said Brock.

In order to bring any weapon on campus, someone must be a licensed gun owner and the gun must be locked in a compartment and must stay in their car.

At no time will guns be allowed inside the school.

"We're going to enforce the law we are going to make sure if any weapon is discovered on school property they have it in the appropriate manner and appropriate place and licensed to do so," said Brock.

Brock says he wants parents to know they will be watching very closely, but that's still not much comfort for parents like Lakia Smith who just hopes schools put pressure on the state to get this law changed.

"It's not a good thing to have guns around kids," said Smith.

The district will continue to conduct random school searches for students and again this law does apply to students.

The district policy still stands students are not allowed to have weapons of any kind on campus for any reason.

The board is planning to adopt the policy at February's board meeting.

The explanation is on Jan. 12 at a board meeting.

Read an explanation of the district policy online:

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