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Parents Sue Over District’s Policy To Arm Teachers At School


TAMAQUA (AP) – Parents are going to court to block a Schuylkill County school district from allowing teachers to possess guns in school. A lawsuit says the Tamaqua Area School Board “endangered their community” when they approved a policy to allow teachers and other school employees to be armed. Parent Holly Koscak, one of the plaintiffs, said “a teacher’s role is to teach,” not to serve in the additional role of police officer. But school board member Nicholas Boyle says an armed force of teachers and other school employees will act as a deterrent. The policy says teachers and other employees can carry district-issued guns after firearms training. It also establishes guidelines for the use of force. The teachers union has also filed suit. Teachers are allowed to carry weapons in several states, while a number of other states are considering it.