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West Plains School District Arms Employees

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WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — A rural school district in the south-central Missouri town of West Plains it now allows some employees to carry concealed weapons into its school.

The West Plains Daily Quill reports the Fairview R-XI District board recently voted to pay for firearms training for an unspecified number of employees. The district is withholding the names of those allowed to bring guns into its school.

The Fairview district has about 600 students from preschool through eighth grade.

The move follows December’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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