When Kingsburg Joint Union High School District voted Monday to arm teachers and staff, they joined two other California school districts that have already done the same.
Kingsburg’s policy allows up to five teachers and staff to be armed with concealed carry handguns at any given time on campus.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District has had a policy in place since 2010 allowing certain staff members to bring guns on campus. Their policy was not publicized until last month, when Folsom Cordova’s superintendent, Deborah Bettencourt, sent a letter to parents explaining that certain staff members had guns as a “safety measure.”
A stark difference between the Folsom Cordova policy and the one at Kingsburg is that Folsom Cordova allows only staff to be armed; “teachers and bus drivers are not permitted to have guns on campus.” Moreover, staff members who bring guns must “store” them in a central location in the school, whereas the teachers and staff at Kingsburg will keep the guns on their persons for “immediate” response to threats.
The Folsom Cordova district has “32 school sites,” and they do not publicize how many of them have armed staff.
Anderson Union High School District, located in Shasta County, also allows staff to bring guns to school.
California law allows districts to have armed teachers and/or staff on campus as long as the district has a written policy in place which sets forth requirements and guidelines.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at email@example.com.