Tribune: Central Idaho School Districts Think Limited Armed Security is OK ... for Now


While some of the nation's school districts seriously consider arming school staff and/or teachers in the wake of the December 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children dead, at least one Idaho school district is pushing back against the idea.

"We have multiple windows, school buses, kids who play outside on the playground," Lewiston School District Superintendent Joy Rapp told the Lewiston Tribune. "Looking at a single guard placed at an entry door as the solution doesn't cover all of the variants."

This morning's Tribune reports that Lewiston school officials huddled with their local law enforcement agencies last week to review the district's safe and secure schools protocol.

Rapp said her district employed two school resource officers from the Lewiston Police Department. Each carries a sidearm.

The Moscow School District has one dedicated officer, also armed, from the Moscow Police Department.

"An armed guard is just fine at the exit where he or she stands," Moscow School Superintendent Dale Kleinert told the Tribune, but added, "I believe this is not a total solution to the issue."