SUSANVILLE, Calif (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The recent shootings at Sparks Middle School and Renown have made an impact that is extending throughout our community. In response to these shootings and others across the nation, the Lassen County School Board is considering a proposal designed to keep children safe, including the possibility of arming teachers.
This proposal would allow certain teachers to carry a concealed weapon. It is something the school board is considering as a way to respond to what many in Susanville say is becoming all too common: a gunman with the intent to kill, opening fire in a public place.
Senseless violence has struck close to home recently. It happened in Sparks, and again at a doctor's office on the Renown Medical Center campus. It seems no community, big or small, is immune.
These incidents have not escaped Reno's neighbors to the north in Susanville. Lassen Union High School Principal Robbin Pedrett says educators have a new component to deal with now. "It's moved closer to this area, which included Renown and Sparks, now it's back in Colorado."
"There's this new thing that, you know, it's OK to come in and do horrible things to innocent people."
So, a proposal is on the table in Susanville that would include allowing certain trained teachers at the high school to carry concealed weapons, in case the unthinkable happens. "We have two prisons here, so we have a lot of correctional officers and wives of correctional officers. So, there's a lot of people here that have a lot of experience with guns," Pedrett said.
This train of thought has some support by some teachers and parents. Teacher Jessica Larson said, "If they are trained properly, I don't have a problem with it."
But there are also parents who worry that arming teachers won't make schools safer. They feel it has the potential to make them more dangerous. "I think it's a horrible idea. Terrible," said Seana Kringler.
Both the Police Chief and the Lassen County Sheriff are on the record as opposing arming teachers. In addition, the school board is also weighing whether to find the funds to hire a school police officer, or purchase barricades to protect against an armed assailant.
This are still in the preliminary stages, but the board is expected to consider how to move forward in the weeks to come.