About a week ago, an Idaho professor shot himself in the foot when his gun accidentally discharged during class. Now, an elementary school teacher has shot herself in the leg while using the restroom:
The 6th-grade teacher, Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, was in a faculty restroom at Westbrook Elementary School (3451 W. 6200 South) on Thursday morning when her handgun went off, said Ben Horsley, spokesman of Granite School District….
Classes proceeded fairly normally, Horsley said, but a handful of parents pulled their children out of school, following the incident, Horsley added.
The teacher — a concealed carry permit holder — was allowed to have the weapon on campus per state law, Horsley said.
Utah is among the few states that allow people with concealed weapon permits to carry guns in public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Is it a good idea to let teachers bring their guns to school? The NRA thinks so and, after Sandy Hook, a bunch of people agreed. But we can probably agree that the armed teachers ought to be careful with the loaded weapons they’re carrying near our children day in and day out. And we should probably make sure the administration at least knows who has a gun at school.
Utah teachers are allowed to carry guns, but the weapons must be completely concealed and kept with the teacher at all times, including inside a bathroom stall, according to the state office of education. However, teachers are not required to tell the school that they have a gun.
"This would clearly violate the intent and the strategic advantage of the ‘concealed’ weapon," the district’s statement reads. "If a permit holder had disclosed to faculty or staff that they were carrying a weapon, this could make them a target in an active shooter situation."
Better to find out who’s got a gun when they accidentally shoot themselves at school.
HT: Michael Jerris.
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