Reader Matt S. writes,
With all the articles on TTAG about zero tolerance school policies recently and their asinine results, I thought I’d chime in from a free state – Utah. Our elementary school this year adopted the theme of “Mission Possible” to encourage kids to set goals and achieve them. Of course, that was accompanied by a number of ‘Mission Impossible’-themed handouts, posters, etc., featuring teachers in black suits with sunglasses, and such. With the school year ending soon, the school had a dance festival for all the kids to perform for the parents. It started with all the teachers entering on motorcycles (the PE teacher on the moped was the best), or sports cars, with various spy movie soundtracks playing. After all the teachers entered, an authoritative voice gave them their mission (if they chose to accept it, of course). Next, the car trunk was opened and waterguns of various types and sizes were retrieved by the faculty . . .
They then proceeded to engage each other, the students, and parents. I wasn’t able to tell the make and model of all the H2O weaponry that was used, but I would definitely classify some as assault waterguns, capable of sustained bursts. I didn’t see anything that was full-auto, but the guns the teachers used definitely held more than 7 oz of water.
I’m pleased to report that despite the presence of these weapons of (summer playground) war being present — inside the school — there were no casualties. There were also no ridiculous policies requiring that the entire faculty be placed on administrative leave while the incident was investigated and no law enforcement officers were called (although I saw a couple there in the audience). It’s amazing how far a little dose of common sense can go.
On a side note, here in Utah a CFP allows holders to carry in schools. You read that right. Depending on the individual principal in charge, though, YMMV on how well the law is accepted and applied. I haven’t discussed the issue personally with the principal at my kids’ school, but he appears to be well-informed (and probably supportive of) the law in this regard.
I’m usually carrying whenever I enter the school, as I was when there was a special parent meeting not long after Sandy Hook to discuss security. During the meeting the principal covered various existing security procedures that were in place, as well as plans to assess and improve things. When the issue of guns in the school was brought up, he pointed out that there are teachers (not pictured above) in the school who carry. This was met with applause by some in the audience.
When one parent expressed concern at that news, the principal responded along the lines of, “That’s simply what the law is in Utah. They’re allowed to carry and even if I didn’t want any guns in the school, there’s nothing I can legally do.”
There was a LEO at the presentation who validated what the principal said (although he incorrectly said CFP holders are required to conceal, which isn’t actually a legal requirement in Utah). Anyway, the LEO told the concerned parent, “There are probably people here in this meeting right now that are armed.” I didn’t look around to see if anyone else had a big smile on their face, but I sure did.