Boone County school board poised to oppose teachers bringing guns to class

03/10/2014 09:43 AM

FLORENCE – A proposal to address school safety by arming teachers in Boone County classrooms has received much more concern and opposition from the district’s teachers and board of education members than support.

The plan, proposed by Boone Co. constable Fred Kalil, would permit teachers, who volunteer to do so, to receive training and bring guns into their classrooms to potentially protect students in the event of a school shooting situation.

The Boone County Board of Education is expected to take up the measure at its meeting Tuesday. But at a special meeting of one of the board’s subcommittees on Thursday revealed that the majority of teachers and parents are opposed to Kalil’s proposal.

Board chair Karen Byrd was also concerned about a possible rise in insurance premiums and liability concerns should the district allow teachers to be armed.

After the meeting, Kalil acknowledged that the board has all but rejected his proposal but said that two private schools and on public school district — which he declined to name — have expressed interest in the proposal.

Here’s a closer look at the issue:

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