South Dakota School District Now Has Armed Staffer

posted on September 2, 2016

Colton, S.D., is a small community that sits 25 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. Due to its remote location, should a crisis arise, help would not come quickly.

That’s the reason the Tri-Valley School District has moved ahead with a program that authorizes approved employees to carry guns. So far, one applicant has been approved and has met the training requirements. 

In March 2013, South Dakota lawmakers passed a law allowing for the option of arming teachers and administrators. But it was an incident at another school that spurred Tri-Valley’s decision. At that high school, a student was charged with attempted murder after he shot and wounded the principal. The teenager was eventually tackled and held down until the police arrived. 

Tri-Valley School District Superintendent Mike Lodmel estimates that at least 50 parents or community members have expressed their strong support for the program.

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