Sheriff To Pitch Plan About Staff Carrying Guns In Local School Corp.

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Allen County's sheriff says he is meeting with a local school corporation, and will propose the idea of deputizing staff to carry weapons during the school day.

It’s another example of the far-reaching impact of the Newtown Connecticut school shooting.

We've already reported that the school system in Montpelier Ohio took action to permit designated staff members to be armed in school buildings.

Central Noble public schools is considering similar action.

Now, Sheriff Ken Fries says he is meeting with officials from the Northwest Allen County school district Wednesday, and he will offer to provide full firearms instruction to whatever staff the corporation identifies it might want to receive such training.

It's one way to boost school safety.

" And we'll see what they think about it. It's really going to be incumbent on the schools to decide they want to do that. It's a power that the sheriffs have to make people special deputies, and as long as they have the training and know how, I don't think it's a bad idea," said Sheriff Fries.

" Ultimately, as I said, this is between the schools and the sheriff, But I would not initiate within the Fort Wayne Police Department, a similar program," said Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York, who said sworn officers, fully trained in the use of firearms, are better equipped to ensure safety in school buildings.

It’s not clear what kind of reception the sheriff’s proposal might get from officials with NACS.

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