In July, Lee County School Board unanimously approved a plan that would allow school employees to become “special conservators of the peace,” a designation, the board argues, will permit those who’ve been trained and vetted to carry a firearm on school grounds.

But Virginia’s attorney general says the move is a violation of state law.

Is the school board’s decision really illegal? And what else are schools doing to increase security and protect students in the wake of mass shootings?


  • Mark Herring Attorney General, Virginia (D); @MarkHerringVA
  • Debbie Truong Education Reporter, Washington Post; @debbietruong
  • Rob Hines School Board Member, Lee County

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