Superintendent Julie Kraemer has over 20 years of experience as an educator. Now, she adds another title to her resume: Police Officer.
Kraemer was recently sworn in as a police officer after undergoing nine months of training, a long task she undertook to be able to carry a firearm with her to protect her students in the event of an emergency, according to this story from CBSnews.
A school shooting about an hour away from her district in Hutsonville, Illinois prompted the concerned administrator to take further steps to protect her student body. At that point Kraemer had a concealed carry permit, but those rights stopped at the edge of the campus. Now the Huntsville, Illinois educator doesn’t step foot on school grounds without a firearm, the story says.
“If somebody comes in to try to hurt my kids, we have something other than a stapler to throw at them. We’re no longer a soft target. We have some options,” says Kraemer in this story from Time.com, who graduated from the police training program on Sept. 22. “I’m just going to be a superintendent that happens to also be a police officer.”
The added training bolstered Kraemer’s confidence that she could deal with a highly stressful situation if one were to arise. The veteran educator says in the story that she felt the additional training was necessary to make her comfortable under incredibly trying circumstances.