Reading, Writing & Revolvers; Local Reaction to NRA Study

Apr 2, 2013 7:13 PM

Chico school teachers often practice fire drills and lockdown drills but a new study suggests some teachers should consider doing target practice.
Chico Unified Teachers Association president Kevin Moretti says the union has not taken a position on armed teachers, but says personally he is not a fan of the idea.

"We have trained police officers, that's their job, that's what they do. To train a teacher to do that, I think it's a bad idea. We're trained to teach,” Moretti said.

Chico Unified Superintendent Kelly Staley said the idea is likely years down the road, because she would like to wait for more research on the concept and consult with Chico Police about using the teachers to supplement school resource officers like Cameron Kovacs.

"If they decide to go down that road, then we are going to have to look at the way we are going to respond to that. Obviously it adds a whole nother element," Kovacs said.

The NRA recommends that any teacher volunteering to carry a gun go through between 40 and 60 hours of gun safety courses, but Moretti says that isn't good enough for him.

"That'd be like taking a police officer and training them for 40 hours and put them in the classroom," Moretti said.

Even without adding additional armed security the district is working to increase safety by securing the schools.

"There are processes going on right now as they are reassessing fencing and just limited entry and point of entry," Kovacs said.

The Butte County Office of Education is also hosting an active shooter training seminar next week for teachers, administrators and officers to discuss ways they would work together in those situations.


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