Lassen High considers arming teachers

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Updated: 1/07/2014 6:00 pm
SUSANVILLE, Calif ( & 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.
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flow86 - 1/9/2014 2:40 PM
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I think this is a terrible idea. Teachers have the same potential to pull the trigger the same as a child. When diamond view school was at the Meadowview campus I had a teacher tell my 13 yr old step daughter that "if I had a gun I would shoot you. If it has come to the point of arming teachers why not instead install medal detectors like they have at airports. I will take my children out of school if this happens.

Chrufon - 1/9/2014 7:39 AM
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Why is it all or nothing? I think it is a great idea to have those teachers who choose (and this has to be a choice, not a requirement)to go through the traing and are deemed qualified to carry. I also think those teachers should be anonomus. That way the children are not afraid and a potential active shooter will be discouraged from doing the unthinkable. A teacher should never have to show a gun if the shootings are stopped before it begins. Some think it is "horrible" for a teacher to have a gun at school. Isn't it even more horrible what happened in Sparks and other schools. It could have been prevented or at the very least discouraged,or reduced the carnage if the shooter knew that "SOMEONE" here is packing. Personally I think potential shooter would be less likely to go through with their plans if there was a teacher or two with a gun. he or she might just stay home and take just one life insted of taking a whole bunch more with them, because that was their intent in the first place.

livelovelaugh - 1/8/2014 9:47 PM
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I do not think that allowing our teachers to carry guns in school is going to solve anything it will only cause more issues across the board.Not all kids are comfortable around them.Has anyone ever heard of a metal detector and having one exit in an out of school. That's where our money should be spent. How many times have you heard about an unstable person being fired and or having a mental brake down open fire on their work place? Yes , wake up people putting guns in the hands of our teachers may mean more harm than good.

kdavis52 - 1/8/2014 12:13 PM
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How long does it take the sheriff or police to respond if they're out on another case? Where are the security guards? In the break room? There's never enough security guards placed at a school. This is really pathetic. We never had to think of security when I was going to school in the late 50's, all of the 60's and the early 70's. Maybe it was because we had DISCIPLINE IN THE SCHOOLS!!! Current children's violent actions are a product of today's society. It's a disease.

pops1 - 1/8/2014 10:53 AM
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that a great idea all school should have teacher with guns

taxpaying mom - 1/8/2014 9:16 AM
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I think this is a great idea. I think all teachers should be armed.

angeloschild - 1/8/2014 1:50 AM
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I agree with you. If teachers have to always be on the alert packing firearms, they cannot give their full attention to the children. The people who think arming teachers is such a good idea would change their minds after one of their kids got caught in the crossfire. Teachers don't go into education to pack firearms. I think all possible entrances including windows to the school should be electronically monitored, and a well-trained, armed security guard posted during school hours at all schools. Realistically with the sorry budget the district has to work with at this time, they can't even remodel or repair aging buildings. It is unlikely that either the full-time security guards or the monitored entrances will happen anytime soon.

oldguyincc - 1/7/2014 9:41 PM
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Although I believe that an armed society is a polite society, I feel that teachers already have enough on their plate. I feel that an armed, FULLY TRAINED, full time (school hours) sworn police officer, whose only duty would be to protect the school premises, would be the best available solution. Think of the budgetary problems if a teacher were placed in a position of having to use his or her firearm.

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