Gov. Bentley Will Not Order Guardsmen into Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Governor Robert Bentley has no plans to order armed National Guardsmen into schools to increase safety, he said Friday.

Representative Johnny Mack Morrow had requested the security forces after Bentley rejected a bill that would have allowed armed volunteers in schools.

Bentley says he vetoed the bill because he was concerned about the level of volunteer training and possible liability for the state. If the volunteers are properly trained and certified to combat active shooters, the governor says he will support the plan.

On Friday, Bentley's office said they were working with the Alabama Department of Homeland Security on a strategic active shooter response and prevention plan. The plan would cover public buildings as well as schools.

Officials say additional details on that plan will be announced soon.
AP-WF-04-05-13 2245GMT

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