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A school superintendent in Illinois carried a concealed weapon to school for the first time last week, after completing police academy training to her protect her students against a school shooter.
Julie Kraemer, superintendent of the 320-student rural Hutsonville, Ill. school district, has been an educator for 20 years. Kraemer told Time magazine that she was motivated to become a law enforcement officer amid rising concerns about school shootings.
The article goes on to state the following:
“If somebody comes in to try to hurt my kids, we have something other than a stapler to throw at them. We’re no longer a soft target. We have some options,” the 51-year-old educator said. “I’m just going to be a superintendent that happens to also be a police officer. … I have to be able to protect my kids.”
Kraemer’s district did not have the budget to hire a full-time school resource officer, according to Time.
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