Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The Pike County School Board voted to allow teachers to carry guns. The measure would allow school employees to volunteer as concealed-carry guards in public schools throughout the county. The school is working with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office which would oversee the program. But not everybody agrees with the proposal. Jon Akers, with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, said that “every educational group across the country” is opposed to the idea. That may be, but parents and citizens in Pike believe that something must be done to protect their kids. Pike County Schools Superintendent Reed Adkins said “You hope you’re making the right decision for kids, but I know right now something’s got to be done,” Adkins said. “We may be criticized, but at the end of the day I’ll take criticism to protect my students.”