Local Schools Weigh In On Whether To Let Teachers Carry Guns At School


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Falls school superintendent Wiley Dobbs is always looking for ways to improve safety at school.

"One of the main things that we do is we have a safety committee that is made up of personnel from every school in our district. And we also have police officers involved and school board members. And we meet quarterly and we talk about ways that we might do things better to make things even more safe for the students in our district," said Twin Falls School Superintendent Wiley Dobbs.

Some schools across the country are training teachers to carry concealed weapons. That's something the twin falls school district isn't ready for yet.

"Interestingly enough, that's one of the things we talked about within our safety committee. You know if we were to go that direction or route, it would entail a lot of training and there is quite a bit of cost that would be involved as well. We're going to be safe with it," said Dobbs.

But the school district does have options. School resource officers are present in all middle schools and high schools.

"They basically are on site most of the times, providing enforcement related duties. They will provide some sort of counseling if need be or direct the kids in the right direction," said Sgt. Dennis Pullin with the Twin Falls Police Department.

These officers carry firearms while on school grounds.

"They are regular sworn police officers. They are always carrying a side arm with them,” said Pullin.

While the district isn't ready to let teachers or staff carry concealed weapons, they are always looking for ways to improve school safety.

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