Parents want firearms for school employees

Parents at Tuesday's Twin Lakes School Corporation board meeting want school employees to carry firearms. (WLFI Photo)
Parents at Tuesday's Twin Lakes School Corporation board meeting want school employees to carry firearms. (WLFI Photo)

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – The idea of armed school employees pits some parents against school officials. A vocal group of parents wants school employees to be able to carry a gun on campus.

At Tuesday night’s Twin Lakes school board, eight parents and community members spoke out to board members. They want administrators and teachers to be able to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds in order to protect the children in a time of need.

However, the board heard a policy that would keep that from happening. The policy states that no school employee, volunteer, or school board member, even if they’re licensed in the state to carry a gun, should possess or handle one on school grounds.

Both sides agreed that the safety of children is top priority.

“If our schools don’t have the money to have resource officers, then I think they have to open up their minds and think a little creatively. It only makes sense to have faculty, or parents or someone at the school have a firearm,” said Phil Hunt, who thinks school employees should carry firearms.

“You can allow school employees and school board officials to carry firearms or not. My opinion, as I shared, and I believe the majority of the board has the same opinion, we still think the schools are safer without firearms within it, than with firearms inside the school,” said School Board President John Gooding.

A second reading is set to take place at the board’s March meeting and then members can vote on the policy. Gooding said if the policy passes, it would mean a school employee who brings a firearm on school grounds would be in violation of the policy, as well as criminal code, because he or she wouldn’t have been granted an exception.

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