What does ‘gun-free school’ really mean?

A state task force — formed to reexamine Idaho school safety policies, in the aftermath of December’s mass slayings in Newtown, Conn. —  will have some proposed rules for the 2014 Legislature, state superintendent Tom Luna said Thursday.

But as the task force continues its work, the State Board of Education cleaned up some semantics Thursday. The board struck down language requiring local “gun-free school” policies.

If the Legislature goes along with this rules change, districts would instead write policies forbidding students from carrying weapons on campus.

Why the difference?

After the Sandy Hook shootings, some school boards are considering allowing staff or faculty to carry firearms. That’s allowed under state law. But this law runs counter to the language in the “gun-free schools” rule.

For more from Thursday’s State Board meeting in Twin Falls, here’s a roundup from Julie Wootton of The Times-News.


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]

Get EdNews in your inbox

Weekly round up every Friday