Teachers in South Dakota aren’t just packing a punch, they’re packing heat. In March South Dakota became the first state to legalize the possession of firearms for school employees. The law went into effect today.
The controversial law, known as the “School Sentinel” was signed into law by Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Specifically, the law stipulates that teachers must get permission from the school district. Additionally, local law enforcement agencies must work with school employees to properly train teachers how to handle firearms. While similar laws have passed in local districts around the country, a statewide legalization of firearm possession by school employees is unprecedented.