AR-15s, Breeching Tools Added To All Madison County, NC Schools

AR-15s, ammo, and breeching tools added to all the schools in Madison County, NC in cooperation with the sheriff’s office

Andrew Donaldson
4 min readAug 6, 2022


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Madison County, North Carolina, schools and sheriff’s office are taking security enhancements at the county’s schools to another level with secured AR-15s, ammo, and breaching tools added to every school for the coming school year.

Citizen Times:

Madison County Schools and Madison County Sheriff’s Office are collaborating to enhance security in the schools for the upcoming school year after the Uvalde, Texas, tragedy revealed systemic failures and poor decision-making, with responding police disregarding active-shooter trainings, according to a report from the Texas state house.

“Those officers were in that building for so long, and that suspect was able to infiltrate that building and injure and kill so many kids,” Sheriff Buddy Harwood said. “I just want to make sure my deputies are prepared in the event that happens.”

Madison County Schools Superintendent Will Hoffman said MCS administration has been meeting regularly with local law enforcement officials, including Harwood, to discuss the updated safety measures.

On July 26, he met with school officials and the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assure that law enforcement can monitor school camera systems.

On July 28, administration met with the school attorney to get briefed on Title IX — sexual harassment and discrimination — as well as enhanced supervision and other safety procedures.

According to Harwood, the county’s school resource officers have been training with instructors from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safe in all of our schools in the county,” Harwood said. “We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.”

There are six schools in the Madison County system: Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High and Madison Early College High.



Andrew Donaldson

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