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New Lenox District 122 board to oppose arming teachers, superintendent says

In a letter to parents, the superintendent of New Lenox School District 122 said the district does not support allowing teachers to have firearms.

In the letter, Superintendent Peggy Manville explained that during an
Oct. 15 school board meeting, there was discussion about a state forum hosted by the Illinois Association of School Boards that requires boards to vote on “a number of proposed resolutions from any and all school boards across the state.” The forum is held each November.

This year, she explained, Mercer County School District 404 in western Illinois submitted a resolution asking the IASB to support and advocate for legislation to provide local school boards the option of allowing staff members to carry concealed firearms.

Manville said district administration, teachers and the board of education do not support arming teachers.

“Our board will vote no on this resolution at the November forum,” Manville wrote in the letter.

Manville said representatives from the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America addressed the board during the meeting. The group is addressing boards across the state.

This apparently isn’t the first time IASB member school boards have voted on the issue. A similar proposal supported primarily by rural districts was voted down, 203-179, last year, according to an IASB news release.

Districts against arming staff claim it would not create a safer environment for students, the release said.

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