Will a Wyoming school district allow its staff to be armed?

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - At least one Wyoming school district may soon allow its staff to come to school armed. The district we're talking about is Park County School District 6, located in Cody. Their board is asking staff to weigh in on the idea of allowing them to carry a gun on campus for safety. The ability to do so became legal in Wyoming this last summer after a new law went into effect.

Districts do have to follow state education department guidance. One of the reasons for the law is because Wyoming has so many rural schools that don't have immediate support form law enforcement. Being able to quickly and effectively protect students is a concern.

Laramie County School District 1 Superintendent John Lyttle says his district won't be arming staff. He feels the eleven school resource officers on campuses are enough to keep students safe.

Laramie County School District 2 and Goshen County feel the same and are also not taking action to arm staff at this time.

Cheyenne police officer Sergeant David Janes says it's important to note that anyone carrying a gun should be properly trained.