ST. HELENS, OR – In the wake of a school shooting in Sparks, NV, and the death of a teacher in Massachusetts, allegedly stabbed in a second floor bathroom at her school, one Oregon school board has voted to help prevent these tragedies from occurring to their staff.
With a 4-1 vote, the school board will allow teachers to carry firearms at school.
Marshall Porter, the school board chairman, said that the ban on carrying weapons on school grounds would be lifted for those who have current concealed carry permits. “The current law in Oregon allows for anybody to concealed carry on school grounds,” he said. “To exclude our staff seems like they’re being punished. They should have a right to protect themselves if they so choose.”
The hope is that this will give their teachers more tools that they can use should there be a horrific choice that needs to be made. “I have my kids in there,” said Kellie Smith, another board member. “If there was a chance that something was to happen, and there’s a chance that a teacher might be able to protect them, I’m fine with that.”
Porter said that he’s received dozens of e-mails regarding the policy change and there has only been one complaint so far from a parent. “I’ve had more parents email me saying that they approve of our decision than not,” Porter said.
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