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Illinois School Superintendent Becomes Police Officer in Order to Carry Concealed

October 02, 2018  | 

Julie Kraemer—a school superintendent in Illinois—became a law enforcement officer so she could carry a concealed weapon at school in order to respond to an active shooter if necessary.

According to TIME, Kraemer began her training in January of this year because her school district did not have funding to hire a full-time school resource officer.

As a newly sworn law enforcement officer, Kraemer can now carry a gun on school grounds without violating state law.

"If somebody comes in to try to hurt my kids, we have something other than a stapler to throw at them," the 51-year-old educator said. "We're no longer a soft target. We have some options."

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kevcopaz @ 10/2/2018 4:51 PM

Good for her! Illinois is sooooo stupid when it comes to guns and ammo, oh perhaps thats why the streets of Chicago are so safe, NOT!
So will she be a reserve? how does she become an officer yet not have to "work" or volunteer as one?

Federali @ 10/2/2018 5:12 PM

That's awesome, and good news for those kids........ but for some reason I see politicians coming up with a reason to fire her soon. I really, really, REALLY hope I'm wrong on that one though!

John E. @ 10/2/2018 5:49 PM

no, not a reserve but a paid police officer for the Hutsonville, Ill., school district

Jon Retired LEO @ 10/3/2018 4:48 PM

Good for superintendent Kraemer! I too hope that the politicians stay out of it but that is almost too much to hope for because they are mostly liberals. She is no nonsense about it in putting herself through the training. I hope it works out for her and the school.

Grey Bear @ 10/4/2018 9:40 AM

Kev, I'm betting she attended Illinois' part-time academy. It usually takes about 9 months of pretty much every Saturday to complete. You still have to pass the state's certification exam just like full-time, but are then limited to only about 1500 hours per year. Like several others here, I hope the politicians keep their noses out of this, I think she's done a good and noble long as she realizes that even with the training she has, she still has limitations, as we all do when the spam hits the fan

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