PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) --  A Republican state lawmaker is pushing to arm more school faculty and staff amid the ongoing school shooting crisis across the country. Rep. John Fillmore, a Republican from Apache Junction, filed legislation Wednesday to create the new position of "school marshal."

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House Bill 2031 gives school employees, such as a teacher, maintenance worker or administrator the power to make arrests, carry a concealed weapon and keep their identity confidential. The measure, which is modeled after a program in Texas, requires the marshals to go through training and pass a psychological examination to determine whether they are fit for the job.

"The school marshal program is an effective alternative for schools that need to enhance their safety and security but have expressed reservations with having school resource officers on campus," Fillmore said in a statement.

However, others see the potential of this bill to create bigger problems by creating confusion in a school crisis. Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Democrat from Phoenix, said police could have a tough time distinguishing between plain-clothed marshals with a gun and a real shooter on campus.

"The school marshal bill would actually put more guns on campus, and conceal the identity of whoever can be this school marshal and potentially turn school shootings into school shootouts," he said.

 


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