(WHITE CO.) - Administrators and school board members with the North White School Corporation can carry guns inside campus buildings beginning in July.
The North White Board of Trustees voted unanimously, 7-0, to approve the new policy on Monday. According to North White School Board President Shannon Mattix, the policy states guns may be carried inside campus buildings while school is in session and at school events.
Participants must pass two annual training sessions, one six hour basic firearm training session, and up to 40 hours of crisis management and defensive tactics training. Those carrying guns are required to go through a psychological evaluation at least once a year.
Other policy requirements include the firearm must be concealed, semi-automatic, held in a Level Two or Three holster, and carried not stored in the building.
Mattix explained that in developing this policy, they wanted to rely on factual information and data and to eliminate emotions.
"Anytime you discuss firearms, emotions are involved. People on both sides of this issue are passionate," said Mattix in a release to News 18.
Mattix said the board feels the policy protects students and staff in a measured and controlled fashion.
"We feel we successfully achieved our goal and as a result, we have created a policy that protects our students and staff in a measured and controlled fashion."
The policy becomes effective on July 1, 2014.
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