The association represents school boards statewide. It recommends lawmakers consider repealing legislation that prevents school security guards - like Charlottesville's three community service officers - from carrying weapons.
The VSBA suggests that would be safer than arming teachers and principals, which was McDonnell's much-criticized response to last month's deadly shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"We're givers and we're carers and we want to do things about it. But, when you get an issue that's this intense with so many interested parties, you really need to step back," said Barbara Coyle, VSBA executive director.
Albemarle County Superintendent Matt Haas said, "What I'm looking to come out of the General Assembly and the governor's proposals could be enhancements to what we already have in place."
Charlottesville police placed five armed officers at city schools. Albemarle County police have school resource officers at each high school.
Albemarle schools say they are strongly opposed to any laws that would allow anyone besides police officers to carry guns on campus.
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