Department of Public Instruction seeking public comment for school ‘Armed First Responder' program

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Department of Public Instruction is asking for public comment on a program that allows schools to have armed first responders.

State law allows schools to have a point person that's allowed to carry concealed weapons.

Schools can decide if they want to participate, but it must be backed by local law enforcement, the school board and the community.

Before finalizing the program's rules, the department wants to hear from residents.

“People interpret how law is written differently sometimes, sometimes the public catches things we don't, and it’s good to get that in there and changes in before it actually becomes a rule,” said Stan Schauer, Assistant Director of Adult Education for the Department of Instruction.

DPI says they have two school interested so far.

The public hearing is Monday at 9:30 a.m. in the Peace Garden Room at the Capitol.

The Department of Public Instruction is accepting public comments through December 19, hoping to have the program in place by April 1.