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February 23, 2018 06:05 PM

Meet The People Who Already Carry Guns In Schools: School Resource Officers

Harrisburg, SD

President Trump is once again calling for teachers to be armed in schools. 

During his speech at C-PAC, he called for allowing concealed carry permits inside schools so some school professionals can carry firearms.

"So this crazy man who walked in wouldn't even know who it is that has it and that's good. That's not bad, that's good. And the teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened," President Trump said. 

But many schools already have officers inside their buildings, including here in KELOLAND. 

The officer at the school in Florida where the shooting happened is no longer with the police department for not going in after the shooter. 

The Harrisburg School Resource Officer says they're trained to respond to an active shooter no matter the risk. 

At the end of the day, it might look like an easy job. 

"I consider the staff, and the students family," Lincoln County School Resource Officer Travis Johns said.  

In reality, Officer Travis Johns is in charge of the safety of one sixth of the city of Harrisburg: the high school students.

It's a job he doesn't take lightly. 

"It's a tough situation. I have kids in school, and even I'm concerned," Officer Johns said. 

Which is why Officer Johns protects Harrisburg students as if they were his own.

"So if something is going on, I'm going to get in and make sure it's safe," Officer Travis Johns said.  

It's what he's trained to do. 

"Since Columbine, those officers waited for the SWAT team, and now we don't have that time anymore. We're not going to wait to engage anybody. Now we're trained to enter the school and address whatever the threat may be," Officer Johns said. 

Even in the event of an active shooter. 

"I would engage. I wouldn't stand outside and wait four minutes," Johns said. 
"Lives are lost. Four minutes is a long time. It's a long time to stand outside and wait when you could have engaged," Johns said.

Because Officer Johns says at the end of the day, making sure every child gets home safe is his goal.

Officer Johns says the thought of not responding in the event of an emergency like a school-shooter has never crossed his mind-- and that he will always protect his family. 



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