Governor says no guns in schools

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Teachers and administrators in Missouri's public schools will remain unarmed.

On Monday, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed Senate Bill 656, which would have created a new mechanism for arming school teachers.

Senate Bill 656 would have allowed Missouri School districts to designate certain teachers or administrators as "school protection officers", who would be authorized to carry concealed guns inside school buildings and classrooms.

"Arming teachers will not make our schools safer," Governor Nixon said. "I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids."

Governor Nixon said he believes arming teachers is "simply the wrong approach, and one that I do not support."