Last year South Dakota adopted an unpopular, unnecessary, and potentially costly law allowing schools to arm teachers, volunteers, and other school-grounds gunslingers.

A full school year has passed, and still, not one South Dakota school has felt the need to use the school gunslinger law:

The Pierre School District has two officers and video surveillance among its precautionary measures, but Superintendent Kelly Glodt doesn't expect to use the school sentinel law. In fact, he's not surprised that no other schools have signed on — the program provoked mixed reactions and requires substantial training.

"You can't just pick somebody and say, 'you put the gun in your room,'" he chuckled [Nora Hertel, "South Dakota School Districts Haven't Armed Staff," AP via Yankton Press & Dakotan, 2014.05.17].

The rootin'-tootin'est legislator in South Dakota, Rep. Betty Olson, can't even find support for the school gunslinger bill in her won school district:

Olson said she knows of a few good teachers in the rural Harding County School District who are good shots, though Superintendent Ruth Krogh wouldn't place herself in that camp.

The school sentinel program was touted as security for those in rural areas, but Krogh said she's surveyed teachers and they feel safe.

"As far as having guns in the school, I don't see that as an option," Krogh said [Hertel, 2014.05.17].

South Dakota, when you see your school principals and administrators and board members at your graduation receptions and the State Track Meet, thank them for keeping your kids safe at school by not bringing guns in the building.