Ill. school considers arming school administrators

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 4:39 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — School board members in a central Illinois town are thinking about arming and training a handful of administrators as auxiliary police officers so they can carry guns on campus.

Washington police Chief Jim Kuchenbecker said Monday that training Washington Community High Schools administrators as officers is a way around Illinois' law against carrying concealed weapons.

The chief and school Superintendent Jim Dunnan talked about the idea after December's school shootings in Connecticut and presented it to a parents' group last week.

Board members were expected to hear about the plan Monday.

Board President Tim Custis says members should at least be willing to consider the idea.

But Colleen Daley of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence says she wasn't aware of any other school in Illinois considering such a plan.

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