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:

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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