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Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office tables talk on arming voluntary school employees

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The Oconee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday it is tabling discussions for the time being on a plan to arm some school employees.

The ASAP School Security Program was a proposal to arm school employees who volunteered to add an "extra layer of security" to what school resource officers are able to provide.

“There were some misconceptions among the public and media that the ASAP would arm teachers and that simply is not true and was never the intention of the program,” said Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The program, for those who wanted to volunteer, would have given secure access to a firearm to other staff employees at the individual schools whose primary responsibility was not being assigned to teach our students. We would never ask teachers to leave their students alone during an emergency situation. "

Crenshaw said school employees who volunteered would have to go through firearms training and psychological testing. Although the conversation is being postponed, Crenshaw said he is planned to continue research on other ways to make schools safer.

The sheriff said the top priority is on working to place a school resource officer at every school in the district.

"Hiring and training nine new deputies to be resource officers in our schools must be given our priority in order to work toward having as many as we can in place for the 2018-2019 school year," Crenshaw said.

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