TEACHERS CAN CARRY GUNS ON CAMPUS IF BILL AB 202 PASSES
EUREKA, CA- A bill that would allow teachers to carry guns on campus has been introduced at the state capital today.
Today we spoke to local educators and parents about proposed Bill AB 202.
It’s called the ‘School Marshal’ Plan. This bill would allow teachers to be trained and qualified to carry a concealed weapon on campus. We spoke to some parents who are less than pleased. Parent, Donna Magnuson said, "To have the gun in the classroom where children can get a hole of it. Say it's locked up that doesn't mean a kid can't pry the lock open and get to it."
And parent Rae Beck added, "if it comes to that point that a teacher need a hand gun then maybe something else needs to be done."
Beck tells us teachers already have enough on their plate with large classrooms and budget cuts. Let alone adding gun training to there to do list. Beck added, "I don’t think it should be in the teachers purview of their job"
And the Principal for Eureka High School, Rick Jordan agrees. He said teachers are there to teach, not to carry guns. Jordan added, "teachers are trained to be teachers, and not trained to be law enforcement."
And law enforcement already has a presence at Eureka High. School Recourse Officer Chris Jenkins is trained to respond in an active shooter situation. Jordan added, "i think over time students have been very comfortable with having a police officer on campus. From my perspective and the districts perspective changing that to arming teachers would be a hug shift."
Now the proposed bill would not require all teachers to carry guns, it would be by volunteer only. But the training would be paid for by the state. Jordan added, "i think the community in general would rather our teachers be spending their training on the best teacher they can be.
The bill is not selective to teachers; it would also allow administrators and janitors to carry concealed weapons on campus.