Lowell school no longer looking to arm teachers

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LOWELL, Ore. (AP) — A Lowell charter school is no longer pursing a change to district policy that would have allowed teachers and administrators to carry guns in school.

The Mountain View Academy School Board de cided Tuesday to table the conversation and any potential action to change the ban on firearms, The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/bGyXFP).

The charter school is housed inside the Lowell School District's Lundy Elementary School and therefore must follow Lowell district policies.

Mountain View Director Laurie Cardwell said no plans have been established to move forward on the issue but said she expects it to be addressed in the future.

"A lot of things are playing into this, and the main thing is that this is something we feel like we don't want to rush into," Cardwell said. "We need to do this in a constructive way, and we just felt like we needed to take a step back and look at this closely."

Cardwell broached the subject with Lowell district Superintendent Walt Hanline before, but the proposal was reintroduced after the Umpqua Community College shooting, where a gunman killed nine people before turning the gun on himself.

Hanline opposes allowing guns in schools and had proposed a public meeting in January to allow community members to weigh in on the subject. As the academy has not moved forward with the proposal, that meeting has been canceled.

Cardwell said she and the academy's board tabled the proposal because they don't want to make a hasty decision.

"We all want what's best for the students," Cardwell said. "And we all want to do this in a way that produces a positive outcome."


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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