This week The New York Times reports that South Dakota has become the first US state to enact legislation authorising the carrying of guns by school employees and volunteers (rather than, in the case of some other states, allowing staff to carry arms). The law, which comes into force on July 1st devolves the decision of arming teachers to the local school boards. This ‘sentinel’ legislation follows the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Connecticut last December, though the bill was being drafted prior to the killings.
While the South Dakota Legislature voted 40-19 in favour of the bill it is not similarly endorsed by South Dakota educators. The Associated School Boards of South Dakota has consistently opposed the bill.