School board forced to change gun policy

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah-Chatham School Board must change their weapons policy. It's not something many board members want to do, but more or less, they have to do in order to comply with Georgia state law.

The new law states that visitors or staff may bring a weapon on campus. You must be a liscensed gun owner to do so and the gun must be kept locked in their car. Also, guns are not allowed inside the school.

The district's policy for students still stands at no weapons for any reason on campus.

The district will continue to conduct random searches and if a person is found not in compliance with the law, action will be taken.

WTOC spoke with superintendent Dr. Thomas Lockamy about the law and he was not pleased.

"I don't think that anyone adult, staff ,student or anyone has any reason what so ever to bring a weapon on the campus of a school where children are and where students are," said Dr. Lockamy. "I think this is a bad law and I don't understand why it was put into place but if you have weapon you need to keep it home or off school property. But that's just my opinion and the position I've taken throughout all of this."

Lockamy says this new law will put extra stress on his staff when it comes to random searches.

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