Putnam County, TN – A Tennessee sheriff issued a stern warning on Monday to anyone who might consider attempting to do harm to students or teachers at a school in his county.
Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris, who provides student resource deputies for his county’s schools, posted a video delivering a stern warning to would-be school shooters on June 13, WREG reported.
“Due to the recent school shootings, the latest occurring in Texas, as your Sheriff, who provides the Student Resource Deputies in each of the public schools in Putnam County, I want to provide a message to anyone thinking about committing an act of violence that would harm our children or faculty at our schools,” Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris said in a video posted to the department’s official Facebook page.
“Our Student Resource Deputies and SWAT are the most highly trained deputies within the United States, including in the areas of active shooter situations and other violent crimes against the public,” Sheriff Farris announced.
“If you are a bad guy and come into our schools with a gun, or any other kind of weapon, with the intention of causing harm to our faculty or children, our Deputies will eliminate you immediately,” he promised.
“Our deputies are trained to run towards the threat or violence no matter the cost – even if it costs them their own lives in order to keep our children safe,” the sheriff explained.
“We will not wait on backup, including other law enforcement or SWAT,” Sheriff Farris promised. “If we have not eliminated the threat by the time other law enforcement arrives, then we have failed at what we’re trained to do.”
“Let me be clear: there is nothing more important that our children’s safety and we will take whatever action necessary to accomplish this task,” the sheriff vowed.
The Putnam County school year ended on May 27, just three days after an 18-year-old gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, WREG reported.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order last week to strengthen safety in Tennessee schools.
Lee’s order requires new active shooter training standards for police, more surprise security inspections at public schools, and new safety plans and resources guides that will be given to parents and teachers before the new school year starts, WREG reported.
The executive order did not call for a crack down on gun laws in Tennessee.