Teacher wants permission to carry gun in school WITH POLL

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  1. paramedic70002

    paramedic70002 New Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    Franklin, VA

    01:51 PM MDT on Monday, September 10, 2007

    Associated Press

    MEDFORD, Ore. -- A high school teacher in southern Oregon plans to challenge a school district policy that prevents her from carrying a gun on school grounds.

    Portland lawyer Jim Leuenberger said in an e-mail message to the Mail Tribune newspaper that he will ask a Jackson County judge to declare the Medford School District's policy "illegal and void" for holders of concealed handgun licenses.

    "There is a state statute that prohibits local governments -- including school boards -- from restricting possession of firearms by concealed firearm permit holders," Leuenberger said.

    Leuenberger said the teacher wishes to remain anonymous and he will list her name as "Jane Doe" in the complaint. When contacted by the Mail Tribune, the teacher said she wants anonymity because she fears for her and her daughter's safety.

    Leuenberger said the woman has divorced her husband and obtained a restraining order against him.

    The woman contacted the lawyer and the Oregon Firearms Federation after school officials approached her about rumors that she was carrying a weapon. Schools attorney Tim Gerking said the teacher denied the accusation, but officials reminded her about the district policy.

    "It's our responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our students and a safe working environment for our employees," Gerking said in an interview late last week. "We feel that would not be fostered by allowing folks, whether they have the authority or not, to bring weapons onto campus, in particular firearms -- loaded firearms."

    Kevin Starrett, executive director of the firearms federation, said he had been looking for a case like this one so he could challenge schools' prohibition of firearms.

    "We were approached by the individual because she had been threatened by the school district," Starrett said. "It was just a perfect opportunity for us to get some judicial resolution to this."

    Though the Medford teacher wants the gun to protect herself from an ex-husband, Starrett said armed teachers could prevent school shootings.

    "I worry about people being gunned down like dogs because they've been denied the right to have their self-defense firearm," Starrett said.

    But School Board Chairman Mike Moran, a retired lieutenant with the Medford Police Department, said he's worried that the firearm could fall into the hands of a student.

    "Even if it's a totally legitimate person with a legitimate permit, can you adequately guarantee that it will not fall into the hands of a student?" Moran asked. "You can't."
  2. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    So, I presume he disarms the police officers who visit his schools?


  3. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    Go for it "Jane Doe" good luck.
  4. Luke

    Luke New Member

    Mar 20, 2007
    this to me is an obvious solution to school shootings if teachers or certain persons were equipped with handguns in schools. good luck to you mrs. Doe
  5. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Bay Point, Kali..aka Gun Point
    Good Luck to Teacher Doe! :)
  6. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    Go Doe Go!!!!!

    Oregon is a pit of liberalism in its schools tho.
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