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Madison County Schools Add ARs, Breaching Tools, and Extra Ammo for Classroom Defense

North Carolina – Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood has been talking with the school district in his county on increasing the security of the schools in the wake of the Uvalde massacre. He has added an AR, a safe, breaching tools, and extra magazines of ammunition in each school.

“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safe in all of our schools in the county,” Harwood said. “We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.”

There are six schools in the Madison County system: Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High and Madison Early College High.

“The reason we put the breaching tools in the safes is that in the event we have someone barricaded in a door, we won’t have to wait on the fire department to get there,” Harwood said. “We’ll have those tools to be able to breach that door if needed. I do not want to have to run back out to the car to grab an AR, because that’s time lost. Hopefully we’ll never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as prepared can be.”

Harwood said he feels while the optics of the SROs potentially handling AR-15s in schools may be discomforting to some, it is a necessary response given the state of the country.

“I’m a firearms instructor. We carry a (9 mm) 135-grain bullet,” Harwood said. “We’ve got the maximum 50 rounds that my SROs are carrying throughout the school to protect that school.

Citizen Times, Asheville, NC

The ARs in each school are for the School Resource Officers to use. It is unclear if they are the only ones who will be able to open the safes if something should happen to the SRO.

Sheriff Harwood saw the response of the Uvalde officers and was horrified, so he wants his deputies to be as prepared as humanly possible. School camera systems will be monitored by law enforcement. They have updated their safety measures to ensure that the students and staff are protected.

“I hate that we’ve come to a place in our nation where I’ve got to put a safe in our schools, and lock that safe up for my deputies to be able to acquire an AR-15. But, we can shut it off and say it won’t happen in Madison County, but we never know. I want the parents of Madison County to know we’re going to take every measure necessary to ensure our kids are safe in this school system. If my parents, as a whole, want me to stand at that door with that AR strapped around that officer’s neck, then I’m going to do whatever my parents want as a whole to keep our kids safe.”

Sheriff Harwood, Madison County

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