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st_gunaim(West Plains) – Some teachers in the Fairview School District in Howell County will now be allowed to carry guns in school.

Several employees of the Fairview R-XI School District graduated Friday, March 15, from a 40-hour Employee Firearms Training Program administered by Shield Solutions LLC of West Plains.

A press release from Shield Solutions says that the teachers were trained by the company’s four-person team of Don Crowley, Fred Long, Jason Long and Rob Pilkington. Jason Long and Pilkington are longtime employees of the Howell County Sheriff’s Department, Crowley is the police chief at Winona, and Fred Long is retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and is a longtime officer for the Howell County Sheriff’s Department. All four are U.S. military veterans, according to the release, and hold a vast array of certifications for firearms’ training on the regional, state and even national levels.

The teachers are not being identified.

The press release says that prior to their training, the trainees underwent comprehensive background and drug testing, as well as a thorough psychological examination. Shield Solutions officials say that to retain the ability to carry concealed firearms at the school, the employees must complete a 16-hour training course annually and must qualify with their firearms on a bi-annual basis, with all training and testing administered by the Shield Solutions training staff.

The Fairview School Board voted to fund the project in February after they looked at several options, including increasing security measures and getting a school resource officer.

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