Accidental Firing at Utah’s School
Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery at Westbrook Elementary School in Utah was carrying a gun and was injured in accidental firing. In Utah, one can take concealed weapons permit and those having the permit can carry the weapons in a school.
In fact, teachers are not even required to inform higher authorities that they are armed. As per National Conference of State Legislatures, administrators are not allowed to ask teachers if they are carrying the weapons. They are also not permitted to stop them from bringing their weapons.
The accidental discharge of gun happened at the school in which no student was hurt, but Montgomery was shot in the leg. She was immediately taken to a hospital. The situation was handled quite sensibly by the school administration.
As soon as the incident happened, a substitute was brought in the teacher's class. The district officials said that crisis counselors will discuss with teachers as how to share the information on the incident with students and also, how to tackle their questions.
This incident has spurred up a topic that a change is needed in this law and it should not be allowed to bring weapons in schools. Educators do not have any data about how many Utah teachers are armed. As per gun rights advocates, many years ago, 1% of state's school teachers were licensed to carry weapons.
Experts shared that the law should be re-written and teachers or anyone should no more be given permits to carry weapons. This facility should only be restricted for trained and certified law enforcement officers.
Things need to be taken seriously as it is a matter of safety. On the other hand, the law was brought at the time when lawmakers found the need to protect Second Amendment rights. Incidents have taken place that led authorities concerned to think that students would be safe if teachers were armed.
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