Georgia Elementary School Principal Wants Armed Guards After Shooting

The principal of the Georgia school where a shooter was talked down by a school employee last week believes that armed police should patrol elementary schools, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription) reported Saturday.

Brian Bolden, the principal at McNair Discovery Learning Academy, told the paper hiring armed guards would prevent future school shootings.

“I think one of the reasons is that bad guys are realizing that good guys aren’t in elementary schools — good guys who are armed,” Bolden said.

On Aug. 20, a 20-year-old alleged gunman entered the school with multiple firearms and was later talked into surrendering to authorities by Antoinette Tuff, the school’s bookkeeper. 


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