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A Colorado school district voted to allow teachers to carry guns

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The motive? To protect its students. 

A small school district in central Colorado voted Wednesday to allow teachers or other employees at its two schools to carry concealed handguns on the job. Employees will also have to volunteer to serve double duty as security officers in case of an emergency, according to the Associated Press.

The Board of Education for Hanover School District #28 voted 3-2 to approve the resolution, said Mark McPherson, board president. McPherson says the plan was less inspired by a shooting attack than by the school's location.

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Distance from school to nearest sheriff's station

The school is located some 30 miles from the nearest sheriff's station.

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Cheryl Girardi, of Middletown, Conn., kneels beside 26 teddy bears, each representing a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at a sidewalk memorial, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

The decision fell on the same date as the 2012 Sandy Elementary Hook shooting that left 27 people dead, including 20 children, six staff members and the mentally ill young man who committed suicide as police arrived..

People took to social media to remember the lives lost in the Sandy Hook shooting.

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