District dumps idea of arming teachers

The Lake Pend Oreille School District is tabling the idea of allowing teachers to bring guns to school.

The school board is split on the idea, and employees widely opposed it, Superintendent Shawn Woodward told the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

Woodward had opposed the plan, proposed by School Board Chairman Steve Youngdahl. And evidently, Woodward wasn’t alone; he told the Spokesman-Review that only 8 percent of teachers and certified staff backed the idea, while 14 percent of classified staff supported it.

Lake Pend Oreille was one of several school districts considering arming teachers; supporters say such a move would improve response times in the event of a school emergency.

A state school safety task force opposes arming teachers — but believes school boards should have the final say, as state law allows.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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