This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Sept. 25 in the Bennington Banner.
Nearly all of the district boards in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union have gone on record against the idea of arming teachers, in decisions that make the boards’ positions clear but do not carry legal weight.
“School staff at all levels need support to not be made to carry weapons,” said Dick Frantz, clerk of the Woodford and SVSU boards, who first brought the statement to the SVSU board several months ago.
“It’s in support of school personnel,” he said of the statement. “It takes a position that we don’t want to see staff armed, because we don’t see any good outcome.”
The statement says that the SVSU “will not support arming teachers, volunteers or other school personnel.”
Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, some have proposed arming teachers and staff in schools — a position that’s drawn a range of reactions nationwide.
The Bennington, Woodford, Shaftsbury, Mount Anthony Union and North Bennington Graded School District boards have variously adopted, accepted, supported or passed the statement, either by consensus or vote. The SVSU is expected to consider the statement.
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