North Carolina teachers who carry guns to school could get a pay raise under a new bill
Filed on Wednesday, the School Security Act of 2019
would give a 5% salary boost to teachers who undergo basic police training.
These "teacher resource officers" could carry guns in an open or concealed manner, and they would have the same arrest powers as police officers, the bill says.
Most public schools in North Carolina already have a certified police officer, known as a school resource officer,
a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said.
Republican State Sen. Warren Daniel, one of the bill's sponsors, told CNN the proposal "is a way to put a lot of security on the ground in our schools."
He added, "It's extremely costly to put a school resource officer in every school ... and there's a great shortage of the number of applicants to law enforcement agencies. This bill is an attempt to bridge that gap."
Daniel and two other Republican lawmakers introduced the same bill last session, but it died in committee.