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Tamaqua School Board suspends gun policy

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    Nick Boyle of the Tamaqua Area School District board explains why he voted against suspending a policy which would have allowed armed teachers. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

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    After the school board in Tamaqua Area School District suspended a controversial policy to arm teachers, residents like Tracy Perry suggested other options. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

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    After the school board in Tamaqua Area School District suspended a controversial policy to arm teachers, residents like Tracy Perry suggested other options. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

Published January 16. 2019 04:46AM

 

Tamaqua Area School Board voted to suspend the controversial policy which would allow armed teachers to carry guns and use deadly force in case of an active shooter.

The board voted 8-1 with Nick Boyle, the creator of the policy voting against. Boyle cited the recent Stoneman Douglas report but also maintained that opponents to the policy are being orchestrated by outside groups.

Policy 705, adopted in September, allowed teachers to volunteer to be trained to carry weapons in school during class time. Teachers would be trained under the state’s Lethal Weapons Training Program and be authorized to use force up to and including deadly force in situations where necessary, like an active shooter.

Two lawsuits are pending against the district in Schuylkill County Court over the policy. The district teachers’ union says in a suit that state law already has a framework for putting armed security in schools, and further states that the lethal weapons training program can’t be used for government employees. A separate suit from parents says the board intentionally passed the policy in secret.

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Comments
The decisions for education of a child, belongs as local as possible. This would come against State and federal legislating and regulating, especially those State and Federal agencies are being lead by appointed, not elected personnel. With that in mind, let's look at where the majority of influence came from in this decision. Outside groups of anti gun folks flocked into this village, and changed (flip flopped) the thinking of the board. The best thing for the parent, who supported the original decision, to do? Get your children out of the "Common Core" Facility, and in to private schools. Between Common Core, and weak minded school boards, the government schools have fallen into shambles, but hey, the governor (a demoncrap), just proposed increased spending on education, that'll fix it.
Way to go parents.
I will admit, I too am an outsider.

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