The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education passed a resolution asking the state government not to pass bills that would allow concealed weapons in schools.

The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education passed a resolution asking the state government not to pass bills that would allow concealed weapons in schools.

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School board signs resolution opposing bills to allow concealed weapons in schools

By: Joshua Gordon | C&G Newspapers | Published December 27, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution in opposition of state Senate bills that seek to allow concealed weapons in schools, among other public places.

The resolution was brought forth and voted on at the Dec. 4 meeting and comes as the Senate passed bills 584-586 in November. As part of the legislation, people with a concealed weapons permit would be able to take additional training and then be able to have a concealed weapon in areas such as schools, day care centers and stadiums.

The legislation would allow schools to create policies to not allow their teachers or students to carry concealed weapons, but they would not be able to stop a visitor from doing so.

The bills would still need to be passed by the House of Representatives and Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder vetoed similar legislation in 2012.

“We wanted to send a message to the state government and governor that we believe that the Senate bills that were passed are not good for schools and the kids,” Chippewa Valley Superintendent Ron Roberts said. “This resolution is to encourage them to think about that and allow us to set policies that impact our schools.”

Because Snyder had previously vetoed similar legislation, Roberts said the resolution encourages him to do the same if the House passes the bills.

Currently, Roberts said district guidelines do not allow anyone to carry a weapon in schools. The board, Roberts said, is made up of police officers, an attorney and people from different occupations, and everyone felt strongly about the resolution and that it should be adopted.

“For us, it would be an impossible situation to manage because we would have no idea if someone is concealing a pistol and whether or not they are there for wrongdoing,” Roberts said. “For us to manage that in a school would be extremely difficult and would lead to lockdowns in schools that might be unnecessary. We can’t take chances with the management and safety issues for our school buildings.”

Board President Elizabeth Pyden said the resolution will be sent to state representatives and senators who represent the areas the Chippewa Valley Schools are in, including Clinton Township and Macomb Township. She also said they are sending a copy to Snyder.

If the bills are passed, Pyden said the district would almost certainly opt to regulate their own students and teachers, but the hope is it does not come to that.

“One of our important jobs as a school board is to ensure the safety of our kids, and as a board we decided our position on allowing weapons on school property is it is not safe for our kids,” Pyden said. “We do not support weapons in schools as our utmost priority is to keep students safe.”