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Gallatin County Sheriff proposes new defense tactics for teachers

By KTVM Staff
Published On: Jan 07 2013 08:38:43 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin told NBC Montana he wants to train educational professionals to defend themselves and their students.

"One of the things we realized was that school in Connecticut had done all the things right -- safety, security, they had the place on lockdown and it didn't do any good," said Gootkin.

Gootkin told NBC Montana that training teachers and administrators in defensive tactics including pepper sprays and Tasers could add an extra level of security.
     
"You can never be too prepared when it comes to children's safety, particularly when it comes to threats against schools," Gootkin explained.

We asked parents what they thought of the idea.

"If proper certification, ability and the interest to do that is made available to them in the school, that'd be fine. I don't have a problem with that," said Brent Nelson.

Another parent felt Montana is a safe state, "The teachers I've worked with are amazing and I never worried about my child."

Gootkin told us the program would be voluntary and he would give teachers and administrators the tools needed to defend themselves and their students.