(UT) District drafts policy denying liability for teachers' firearms use


PDA






Drizzt
May 15, 2003, 08:52 PM
The Associated Press State & Local Wire

May 14, 2003, Wednesday, BC cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 339 words

HEADLINE: District drafts policy denying liability for teachers' firearms use

DATELINE: SALT LAKE CITY

BODY:
A draft Jordan School District policy disavows liability for whatever use district employees may make of the guns the Legislature has decreed they may carry into schools.

Calvin Evans, the district's executive director of compliance and special programs, brought the proposal to the school board during a work session Tuesday.

"I never thought I'd be doing research on a policy about how to accommodate guns in schools," Evans said.

The board will discuss the policy at its next meeting, and it will be up for adoption at the following meeting.

Other districts also are drafting policies in response to a law enacted this year that says holders of concealed-weapons permits may carry their guns into schools.

Jordan's draft policy says any use of a weapon for reasons other than self-defense or to protect others from deadly force is unlawful, making the gun-carrier subject to being fired.

It says those who use their weapon on school grounds do so as individuals, not district employees, and will face ensuing consequences on their own.

"The point of this policy is if you use (a weapon), you are not authorized as an employee of this district," Superintendent Barry Newbold said.

He said the policy would place legal hurdles in front of anyone filing a wrongful injury claim against the district.

"It's a prudent way for the board to reduce their risk and liability in the event a concealed-weapon holder brings and chooses to use the weapon," Newbold said.

The public has nothing to fear from law-abiding concealed-weapons holders, especially teachers, said Clark Aposhian, a firearms instructor and chairman of the Utah Self Defense Instructor's Network.

"A teacher with a concealed weapon is probably the safest person walking around in society," he said. "You have an educated subset of people with no criminal history. You've got a safe person that's going to act with decorum in every situation."

He declined to say whether his wife, a Jordan District teacher, carries a concealed weapon.

If you enjoyed reading about "(UT) District drafts policy denying liability for teachers' firearms use" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
Standing Wolf
May 15, 2003, 08:54 PM
"I never thought I'd be doing research on a policy about how to accommodate guns in schools," Evans said.

Far better, I say, to accommodate firearms in law-abiding American hands than those in the hands of criminals.

If you enjoyed reading about "(UT) District drafts policy denying liability for teachers' firearms use" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!