Stanly County Schools

Stanly County Schools

Armed volunteers will soon be assuming the role of school resource officers in a few Stanly County schools. The school board voted unanimously to start the pilot program last month, following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The state law allowing armed volunteers was passed in 2013, but is only now being put to use. The program will be run by Sheriff George Burris. 

In some rural North Carolina counties, sheriffs are taking advantage of a state law passed in 2013 that allows them to recruit armed volunteers for school security. That's happening in two central North Carolina counties - Rockingham and in Stanly, where the school board voted last week to begin a pilot in four remote schools. 

Tasnim Shamma

A 16-year-old Albemarle High School student is in the hospital after being shot twice on Tuesday morning, just before school started.

After shooting the student, the shooter immediately dropped the gun and turned himself in to the principal's office.