District 25 Approves Rifles in Schools

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Updated: 2/07/2013 4:04 pm
Tonight School District 25 continued the discussion on Letting Security Resource Officers be able to bring rifles on school grounds and keep them in a lock box. Summer Joy attended the meeting to find out what they decided.

About two weeks ago Pocatello Police Chief, Scott Marchand, made the suggestion to have every school include a lock box, officers be able to have keys to the building and be able to carry a rifle on school grounds. Tonight District 25 held an open meeting for public opinion.

“We have had a chance to meet with our k through 12 administrators and they had some logistical questions that we have been able to cover with our chief and so now it’s to listen to public and have the board have some discussion about their perspectives,” said Mary Vagner, District 25’s Superintendent. 

Three people gave their opinion, all of them had concern for if this step for school safety was out of reaction instead of being proactive. One person suggested increasing security, and another wanted to invest in counselors and making sure SRO were in every school.

District 25 took everything under consideration and after talking with Police Chief Marchand they decided to support the motion. Security Resource officers can carry a Rifle on School grounds except at elementary schools and they must be locked away. 

“I feel much better knowing that teachers do not have to be armed when they go to school. I didn’t like that idea at all. Knowing that the gun will be operated by an officer, someone who knows what they are doing and that the gun will be locked up during the day makes me feel better,” said Jan Flandor, a middle school teacher.

If you have kids that attend one of the schools in District 25 and you have concerns you can talk to your child’s teacher or principle about this issue.


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