School Board Approves Resolution Opposing Arming Teachers

A resolution that opposes arming teachers and school staff was approved Tuesday by Washoe County School District trustees and will be sent to Reno’s Washington delegation.

It calls upon state and federal authorities to provide funding for school districts for additional school police officers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, firearm safety education programs, and security features in school buildings.

Trustee Katy Simon Holland.

“We believe that arming our educators would pose a great safety risk, and we agreed today that we needed to oppose any move toward allowing weapons in our classrooms or on our campuses,” board president Katy Simon Holland said.

Several high-profile school shootings this year in the U.S. have prompted proposals from the federal level that include arming teachers. However, they’ve generated bipartisan opposition from lawmakers nationwide, although many have called for funding to improve security in schools.

District officials noted that teachers aren’t trained law enforcement officers and that carrying weapons is the responsibility of police.

“As a district, we are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment in our schools, and arming our educators directly contradicts that mission,” school police chief Jason Trevino said. “Our officers are fully trained and certified in the use of firearms, and we feel strongly that educators should not keep weapons accessible in their classrooms or on their person.”

According to the district, the resolution is consistent with reports released by the Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. These reports emphasize that the possibility of school gun violence does not justify arming school personnel other than trained law enforcement officers.

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On the Web: Text of the Resolution

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  1. SO.. lets see what happens (sadly)… There is a county school district in Florida that is training school personnel and ex military and police to protect the kids, WITH FIREARMS. Something like 6 weeks of intense training (they say these folks will be better trained than the police dept to take on an active shooter). THAT is the way you prevent school shootings…. (our idiot board posts “gun free zone” signs and suspends kids for pointing fingers like guns)…

  2. This is wonderful news. I am glad the school board has established some common sense regarding gun control. Not allowing guns and providing more professional help for students are positive actions rather than crazy reactivity to school shootings which will only make such problems much worse.

  3. Let’s see if I got this right as taught to me by our government educators:
    When I wore my country’s uniform I protected our country with firearms. Check.
    When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ran for president they were protected by people with firearms. Check.
    When I’m going for a stroll along the Truckee River I take comfort in knowing there are citizens carrying firearms. I don’t know who they are, but I know they are there. Check.
    When little children are in school they are unprotected by people with firearms because firearms kill people. No kidding. I guess the educational establishment has noticed this fact. Yes, firearms kill people, but only because people pull triggers.

    No wonder we are graduating functional illiterates. Their education is overseen by illogical people like this. That’s why the establishment educators are scared to death by vouchers. Vouchers set parents and children free of this idiocy.

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