Lake Pend Oreille School District Considers Giving Guns To Staff - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lake Pend Oreille School District Considers Giving Guns To Staff Members

Guns in schools. It is a topic that makes many people uneasy, but unfortunately, it is an issue that cannot be ignored.

As a result, the Lake Pend Oreille School District is having a very serious discussion about student safety. Right now, the school board is considering every possible option, which includes giving guns to select staff members.

"When events like Sandy Hook come up, you ask yourself, geez what if that happened here? Then you read about some of the heroic efforts of some of the adults that died trying to protect kids, you go, there has got to be a better way," said Lake Pend Oreille School Board Chairman Steve Youngdahl.

Youngdahl says it is events like Sandy Hook that have caused the Pend Oreille School District to realize it might be vulnerable if something like that were to happen their area.

"We're a rural district, I mean the response time to some of my campuses is up to twenty minutes for law enforcement," Youngdahl said.

In twenty minutes, a lot can go wrong.

"If we wait for law enforcement, the average body count is 14. If there is an immediate response on campus, the body count is two," Youngdahl said.

Right now, the district has one officer that rotates between its eleven schools. Therefore, to fix the problem, the school board is working on a policy that would arm carefully selected staff members on each campus with a gun.

"I will do whatever it takes to keep kids safe, wherever that leads me," Youngdahl said.

Each person would go through a rigorous training program run by law enforcement. However, the biggest concern: what happens if someone else gets a hold of the gun in the classroom?

"Whoever is authorized to shoot that gun, is the only person that can shoot that gun," Youngdahl said. "For everybody else, it is a big expensive paper weight."

It may sound unrealistic, but new technology coming out this fall will make that possible.

"There is a fingerprint pad on it [the gun], and you have to grip it with your finger on there, to unlock the gun, in order to operate it," Youngdahl said. "If that is not your finger you are not going to be able to operate the gun."

Another big concern was about bullets in the classroom. Well, they have found a solution to that as well.

"My proposal is to require frangible ammunition, which means it is ricochet proof, so you're looking for ammunition that won't ricochet around, it disintegrates on impact," Youngdahl said.

The district still has a lot to discuss, so this new policy is still a long ways off. However, no matter the decision, student safety is the top priority.

"At the end of the day, really what it is all about is ensuring the safety of students and staff," Youngdahl said.

Again, this is not a quick decision the board is making. They are weighing all options and considering multiple safety scenarios. For example, they are even looking at what it would cost to put a security officer at every school instead of arming staff members.

If you want to weigh in on the issue, the school district is having its first meeting on October 8th. The meeting will be open for the community to voice their opinions.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Post Falls Officer pulls over little girl in power wheels Jeep

    Post Falls Officer pulls over little girl in power wheels Jeep

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-05-27 02:03:49 GMT

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Hometown Heroes. Every week, we highlight someone who works in public safety for all the good work they do. Tonight is a bit of a change from the typical Hometown Hero. It's the story of a little girl who suddenly became public enemy number one. Pat Eismann was patrolling the area in Post Falls when he noticed something a bit out of the ordinary. "I saw a little girl driving a power wheels jeep down the street," Officer Eismann said....

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - Hometown Heroes. Every week, we highlight someone who works in public safety for all the good work they do. Tonight is a bit of a change from the typical Hometown Hero. It's the story of a little girl who suddenly became public enemy number one. Pat Eismann was patrolling the area in Post Falls when he noticed something a bit out of the ordinary. "I saw a little girl driving a power wheels jeep down the street," Officer Eismann said....

    >>
  • 2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:04:42 GMT
    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    >>

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    >>
  • $10,000 bill for getting car stuck in newly poured concrete

    $10,000 bill for getting car stuck in newly poured concrete

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:02:32 GMT
    (Mike Palm, The City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department via AP)(Mike Palm, The City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities Department via AP)

    LINCOLN, Neb,. (AP) - A driver could be facing a $10,000 bill after he plowed into newly poured concrete in Lincoln, Nebraska, and became stuck.      The accident occurred Wednesday on a portion of a road repair project in the state capital. Police spokeswoman Angela Sands said Friday that police won't cite the driver, 19-year-old Shadrach Yasiah. A police incident report says it wasn't obvious that the concrete wasn't dry and that Yasiah 

    >>

    LINCOLN, Neb,. (AP) - A driver could be facing a $10,000 bill after he plowed into newly poured concrete in Lincoln, Nebraska, and became stuck.      The accident occurred Wednesday on a portion of a road repair project in the state capital. Police spokeswoman Angela Sands said Friday that police won't cite the driver, 19-year-old Shadrach Yasiah. A police incident report says it wasn't obvious that the concrete wasn't dry and that Yasiah 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • 2 stabbed to death, 1 injured on Portland train by man hurling racial slurs

    2 stabbed to death, 1 injured on Portland train by man hurling racial slurs

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:22 AM EDT2017-05-27 13:22:32 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say two people died and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young Muslim women. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports officers arrested a man Friday afternoon who ran from the train.  Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language," and turned his focus on the women.

    >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in Oregon say two people died and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young Muslim women. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports officers arrested a man Friday afternoon who ran from the train.  Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language," and turned his focus on the women.

    >>
  • ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack; 29 Christians killed

    ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack; 29 Christians killed

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:00 AM EDT2017-05-27 13:00:28 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) - The German government is condemning the attack against a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt in which 24 people were killed and 25 wounded.A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the news was being received with "deep sorrow," noting that German is currently hosting a large gathering of the Protestant Church.

    >>

    CAIRO (AP) - The German government is condemning the attack against a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt in which 24 people were killed and 25 wounded.A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the news was being received with "deep sorrow," noting that German is currently hosting a large gathering of the Protestant Church.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 26th

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 26th

    Friday, May 26 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-05-26 21:02:47 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 26th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, May 26th.

    >>