A proposal to put guns in the hands of teachers has been likened to having fire alarms and sprinkler systems in schools.The proposal would allow "the school board, from time to time, to authorize specific individuals to possess certain firearms or other equipment on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related events, and at board meetings."
The Sunday Lewiston Tribune reports the proposal, which will go before the Mountain View School District in Idaho County, is generating plenty of debate. Elk City, Grangeville and Kooskia are all in the district.
"I have sincere and serious doubts that the teachers favor this," former Grangeville City Councilwoman Shelley Dumas told the Tribune. "I think that their acceptance or permission is critical."
District resident Mike Dominguez is pushing for passage of the policy, saying some schools in the community of Kooskia are "many miles away from law enforcement ... We can be 30 minutes out from a police response."
Dominguez also told theTribune the idea for the weapons policy came in the wake of a presentation at the 2015 Idaho School Boards Association conference. Presenters included law enforcement legal counsel and representatives from the Garden Valley school district which has its own weapons policy.