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Boone Schools Not Likely To Arm Staffers

Posted On March 07, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

post-protecting-students-teachers-boone-county-kentucky-03072014(Florence, Ky.) – A proposal to arm staff in Boone County Schools may not have the necessary support among the decision makers.

A program called Protecting Our Students and Teachers, or POST, would allow any school employee with proper training to carry a concealed weapon in school. The idea behind arming staffers ranging from teachers to principals to janitors is to deter or fight back against an active shooter.

A large crowd attended Thursday evening’s meeting of the Boone County School Board’s safety committee in Florence. Many of the committee members said they don’t support the POST program, expressing a lack of community support and increased liability insurance costs.

The committee did not hold a vote regarding the implementation of POST.

Supporters of the program first proposed by Boone County Constable Joe Kalil say they’re in talks with some private schools in northern Kentucky. Those supporters include county sheriffs from Boone, Kenton, Campbell, and Grant counties.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, organizations including the Kentucky School Boards Association, Kentucky Education Association and Kentucky Center for School Safety have urged Boone County Schools to not arm teachers.

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