State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2013  

466U0482   HOUSE BILL   NO.  1087  

Introduced by:    Representatives Craig, Bolin, Campbell, Ecklund, Gosch, Heinemann (Leslie), Hickey, Kopp, Lust, May, Olson (Betty), Qualm, Schoenfish, Sly, Stalzer, Steele, Verchio, and Wick and Senators Tieszen, Begalka, Bradford, Ewing, Jensen, Kirkeby, Lederman, Maher, Novstrup (Al), Omdahl, and Rhoden
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to authorize individual school boards to create, establish, and supervise individual school sentinel programs to promote school safety.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. Any school board may create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers in such manner and according to such protocols as the board, in its sole discretion, may believe to be most likely to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defense of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack by any terrorist, criminal, deranged person, or other perpetrator of deadly force.
    Section 2. Before any school board may implement any school sentinel program pursuant to section 1 of this Act, the school board shall interface with any law enforcement agency that has enforcement jurisdiction over the school premises. Any material changes in the school sentinel program's personnel or protocols shall be reported to such law enforcement agency

forthwith.
    Section 3. No school board, in implementing the provisions of section 1 of this Act, may arm any individual teacher or other school employee without the latter's free, willing, and voluntary consent. No individual teacher or other school employee may be censured, criticized, or discriminated against for unwillingness or refusal to carry firearms pursuant to this Act.
    Section 4. No provision of § 13-32-7 or any other provisions of state statute is effective to restrict or limit the provisions of this Act. However, nothing in this Act authorizes any person to carry a concealed weapon without a valid permit.
    Section 5. The failure or refusal of any school board to implement a school sentinel program does not constitute a cause of action against the board, the school district, or any of its employees.