School weapons policy misguided
To the editor:
I no longer have a child in the 5J school system.However, I am a citizen whose taxes pay to support that system.As such I found the Superintendent's letter in the Dec. 12 issue to be sarcastic, disjointed,and just a bit offensive.There is no doubtthat safety of school children is a top priority.However, attempting to implement a politically correct solution to a problem which, thus far, has not existed in Baker smacks of both a personal agenda and a desire to emulate big city school districts rather than the one we have.
Our school employees are competent people. A number of them have
concealed handgun licenses, the commitment to the safety of their
students, good judgment, and the requisite level of training to
intervene, however necessary, in the event students are
threatened.Teachers and other school employees with a CHL are "double
screened"...that is, by virtue of their employment in a school their
criminal history and suitability has been checked.As a CHL holder it
has been checked again by the Sheriff's Office prior to the permit
Our local law enforcement agencies have trained, and continue to train,
in the event of an armed suspect on a campus.A School Resource Officer
spends time on school campuses.As well-trained and dedicated as our
officers are, the very first adult person most likely to encounter a
dangerous person on campus is not likely to be an officer but a school
employee.I wonder what Mr. Wegener and those school board members who
side with him would say if children's lives were lost because the
school employee with a CHL was deprived by school policy of the tool
necessary to save those children's lives?I understand the school
district retains legal counsel.Maybe counsel ought to focus on the
point I just made rather than instilling an unrealistic fear in school
board members about their personal liability.
My final point is this. If a school board member is deterred from doing
the right thing because he or she fears personal liability maybe such
members should step down making way for other less squeamish people to
A kind act from a stranger
To the editor:
I am so thankful that I live in a town where there are people who are honest and trustworthy!
Recently I foolishly left my purse in the grocery cart when putting the
groceries in my car at Albertsons and drove off, leaving it in the
cart. Not long after I got home, a clerk called to tell me that one of
their customers had turned it in to the. I drove to the store and
everything was still in the purse.
I really want to thank that wonderful person who was so kind and honest. Thank you, thank you, thank you!