NC Sheriff Arming School Resource Officers With AR-15s for New School Year


In response to increase in school shootings around the country over the past several months, a local school system and Sheriff’s Office have announced significantly increased security measures for the 2022-23 school year.

Starting later this month, several elementary, middle, and high schools in Madison County, North Carolina will be arming their School Resource Officers with AR-15 style rifles equipped with tactical accessories, along with door breaching equipment, and extra magazines and ammo.

“We’ve sometimes seen that just having a deputy armed a handgun isn’t enough to stop these animals, that’s why I’ve decided to arm all of my school resource officers with an AR-15 rifle, optics, and accessories,” Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood said in a video posted to Facebook. “We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes,” he added.

There are a total of 6 schools in the Madison County school system that will be equipped with AR-15s starting on the first day of school, August 22nd: Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High and Madison Early College High.

What do you think about the new policy?