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Tombstone Unified School District posts signs of armed staff

Posted at 9:39 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 12:40:18-04

On the heels of marches happening across the country regarding safer schools, Tombstone Unified School District has posted warning signs for anyone trying to put their students in danger.

The signs read, "WARNING - Some T.U.S.D staff may be armed and will use whatever force necessary to protect our students."

Nathan Nelson is a parent to two teenagers at Tombstone High, and says as long as the teachers are properly trained, he's okay with them being armed.

"We need to be able to protect ourselves and our students shouldn't have to go to school in fear about someone coming in and being hostile and maybe taking a life." 

Nelson says, there are pros and cons. "I also feel that hopefully it doesn't become an intimidation factor."

Another parent who didn't want to be identified said, "I think it depends on the teacher and whether the teacher is accustomed to using a firearm or anything else that would be considered using force. Depends on the individual."

A Tombstone student tells ABC15 sister station KGUN9, "I am freaking out that we have guns in school, but it makes me feel safer seeing Marshals at school and that teachers carry." 

KGUN9 reached out to the Superintendent, Robert Devere, who says he won't comment on the signs but says the district has the right to protect their student body.