“Initially it was a little shock for some [parents] but it’s been pretty well-received,” Principal Aaron Sydow says. “More schools should take advantage of it. That’s exactly what I would say.”
Landowner John Negri decided to make the offer soon after the December 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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 grants are intended to support initiatives that help close achievement gaps and prepare students for college and careers.