Wamego delays gun discussion

By Rose Schneider

Members of the Wamego board of education discussed but made little progress on consideration of a controversial concealed carry policy at their meeting Monday.

The policy, which would allow concealed guns to be carried by teachers and other faculty members in the USD 320 buildings, was first discussed at a school board meeting Feb. 11 but was left unsettled. Board president Philip Wethington had also tried to pass the gun policy a few years prior to becoming president but didn’t receive the support he needed at that time.

USD 320 Supt. Denise O’Dea has said the school board’s number one priority is the safety of its students and faculty on a daily basis. Currently, no guns or weapons are allowed on school property and the school does not have a security guard of any kind.

The next discussion will take place March 28 at the next board meeting. A committee has also been established to assist the process.

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