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Officials with West Clark schools having 'conversation' on allowing staff to have guns

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials with West Clark Community Schools are having a "conversation" about the possibility of allowing school staff to have guns on school property.

Assistant Superintendent John Reed said in a statement that the district is currently reviewing board policies.

"The continued violence witnessed across the media fuels the urgency to have these conversations to acquire as many ideas as possible for how best to protect our children." Reed said.

Many districts in the area, including West Clark Community Schools in Southern Indiana, have a strict policy regarding guns.

"There's no firearms allowed on campus," said Doug Coffman, the West Clark School Board secretary.

Doug Coffman, the West Clark School board secretary, says in the past few years the district has taken more precautions to keep students safe.

"You have to have a badge to get in, you got to go through the front office, doors are locked at all times. We've taken a lot of good measures but you can always do better and that's what we're looking at," said Coffman.

Coffman says the district is considering allowing some teachers, particularly those with military backgrounds, to have guns in case of an emergency.

Coffman brought up the issue as the district was reviewing the firearms policy.

"That's what we're looking at. Trying to buy some time if we were to happen to have an unfortunate situation of an intruder," said Coffman.

The idea is already making the rounds in Clark County.

"Teachers ought to be able to carry a weapon or have an armed guard one way in or one way out," said Rex Richey, who lives in Scott County.

"I've heard different things about how they're gonna do it, you know, as far as one person, or whatever, but I'd like to see more than one in there," said Willie Stoffregen, a Clark County resident.

There's sure to be community members opposed to the idea.

"There's a lot of people that's not for carrying arms and everything," said Stoffregen.

Right now, school officials say it's simply a discussion.

Full statement from Assistant Superintendent John Reed:

"West Clark is currently reviewing Board Policies.  During this review, recent gun legislation allowing school personnel to have guns on school property was discussed.  This conversation recognized the need for specialized training, defined procedures and security of a firearm before arming identified staff members.  West Clark wants to stress that this conversation must extend to law enforcement officials, the teacher's association and the community before any decisions are made.  The continued violence witnessed across the media fuels the urgency to have these conversations to acquire as many ideas as possible for how best to protect our children.  That is the ultimate goal; to assure our children have a safe environment to learn and grow."

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