The St Helen's School Board in Oregon has voted 4-1 to allow teachers with concealed carry permits, to bring their guns to school. The decision affects 7 schools in the St Helen District, including 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, one high school and 3 alternative schools. Marshall Porter, school board chairman said, "The current law in Oregon allows for anyone to concealed carry on school grounds. To exclude our staff seems like they're being punished. They should have a right to protect themselves if they choose."
Porter, who has kids in the school district, says he is fine with teachers packing guns, because if they can stop a shooter from harming the kids, he's all for that.
"If were faced with a horrific choice, if they had to defend themselves against a kid -- which has been the thing -- I think it would be a hard decision for them, one that they would educate themselves on. I do believe we're talking about educators, people who have the interest of the children in mind."
Teachers were not permitted to give the board their thoughts on teachers with guns. They were given questionaires they filled out, but the results were not shared with the board.
Since the decision, only one parent has contacted Porter, unhappy with the decision.
A decision made the same night was more contraversial and that was whether to bring sports back to the school or not.