Allowing teacher to protect themselves and their students is always a good idea!


A proposal to arm some of Pennsylvania’s school employees passed a Senate panel Wednesday with some bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 383, sponsored by Indiana County Republican Sen. Don White, would allow personnel licensed to carry a concealed weapon the authority to do so on school grounds, given the school board permits it and the employee meets certain additional training requirements.

“As we weigh our options, I believe we need to consider providing school employees with more choices than just locking a door, hiding in a closet or diving in front of bullets to protect students,” White said in a co-sponsorship memo in January. “With the legal authority, licensing and proper training, I believe allowing school administrators, teachers or other staff to carry firearms on the school premises is an option worth exploring.”

The Senate Education Committee advanced the proposal on a vote of 9-3 Wednesday, including an approval from Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, who represents the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville. The other three Philadelphia-area Democrats on the committee dissented.

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