Kay Ivey announces program permitting administrators to maintain guns at schools without SROs

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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has announced a program in a release that her office says provides an additional security measure in schools without a School Resource Officer.

The Alabama Sentry Program is a voluntary program which will permit administrators in schools that don’t have an SRO to maintain a firearm on campus in a secured safe in order to be prepared to respond to an active shooter situation, according to the release. 

The program will require that the administrator successfully complete training created and certified by ALEA. The thinking behind the program, according to the release, is that administrators have complete access to their schools and are responsible for the safety of all students in their school instead of just one classroom. 

In order to participate in the program, administrators must seek the approval of their local superintendent, local school board, and county sheriff. The administrators must possess a valid Alabama school administrator certificate and a valid concealed-carry permit, must be appointed as a reserve sheriff’s deputy, must be an active school administrator in a public elementary or secondary school without an SRO, and must pass a drug screening, a mental-health assessment, and a stress test. 

The sentries, as administrators in the program are called, will also be subject to random drug screenings, annual training, mental health, and stress test recertification.

The Sentry Program has been established immediately through administrative action under the existing law, according to the release.

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