According to the Personal Liberty Digest, the board of the St. Helens School District voted 4-1 last week to lift a restriction on allowing on-campus employees to carry concealed weapons in class, as long as they possess a permit. Board chairman Marshall Porter told ABC News the board agreed it was punitive to forbid teachers to exercise rights available to other Oregonians, under State and Federal law.
“The current law in Oregon allows for anybody to concealed carry on school grounds,” said Porter. “To exclude our staff seems like they’re being punished. They should have a right to protect themselves if they so choose.” Porter said he voted to repeal the gun ban to allow adults to protect children if confronted with a school shooting crisis. Students and parents are praising the decision, feeling teachers can better protect students, if armed.
Porter stated only one parent objected to the decision, and that he’s received several emails applauding the change. “I’ve had more parents email me saying that they approve of our decision than not,” he told ABC.
The Oregon school district follows a similar plan approved in August by an Arkansas school board which defied a State attorney general’s advisory opinion by approving a concealed-carry plan for employees who have undergone training.