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Tamaqua rescinds controversial gun policy

Published July 09. 2019 10:48PM

The Tamaqua Area School District announced Tuesday evening that a controversial gun policy to arm staff has been rescinded at its school board meeting.

“I’m responding based on legislators that I talked to about the intent of the law,” said school board president Larry Wittig.

“The intent of the law is not to prevent teachers from carrying. Our specific policy is blown away because of the legislation; because of the way it was crafted.”

“We will at some point be working on something that will comply with the law as it’s presently written. I just want to stress that the law does not, contrary to what the governor may have said, does not specifically preclude a staff member from going through the training and carrying.”

Wittig said he doesn’t know what direction the board will go now that Policy 705 has been rescinded.

“We’re certainly going to be within the law,” Wittig said.

“The utmost importance here is the legitimate safety of the students, not a cosmetic safety of the students. Not something that makes adults feel good about it. To that extent, we’ll be working very hard to make sure our solicitor agrees with the direction we’re going and we’re taking guidance from him and a lot of other input as well.”

 

Comments
It's always been said, the decision to educate your child must remain local. I've added, the most local government in decisions of education, are the parents. This is another case of far removed, distant big government, making the decisions of the local people.
A perfect example of why we need to dismantle the Federal DOE, and rein in the PA Dept. of Ed.
And stop voting for progressives.
Dirty old man Larry Wittig never had any intention of arming teachers. This was done just to get public outcry over something other than his sexual misdeeds. Larry, God is watching.
Apparently Wittig was wrong when he stated "this changes nothing" a few days ago. He should go back to hanging out with the high school crowd.

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