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Butler Area schools to arm school police officers as a precaution


BUTLER, Pa. —

The Butler Area School Board has authorized school police officers to carry firearms -- not because of any immediate threat but as a precaution, school board president Don Pringle said Tuesday.

A dozen school district police officers should be armed within the next two or three months, once the board approves final policies and procedures, he said.

"We're not making it into a prison," Pringle said. "We're doing this for the protection of our students. We don't want to be thinking, 'Oh, my goodness, I wish we would have.'"

The board voted 8-1 on Monday to arm the police, with board member Jim Keffalas casting the dissenting vote.

The district isn't saying how it will deploy the armed police because of security concerns, Pringle said.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s what we need, because if something would happen we would be prepared,” school police officer Jerry Markel said.

There have been no immediate threats of violence, Pringle said. Incidents in the past few years included an angry parent going to a school with a gun.

Pringle said the school board began talking about the issue after the Feb. 27 shootings by a student inside Chardon High School in Ohio that killed three students and wounded three.

Butler Area Superintendent Dr. Mike Strutt said the officers are retired state troopers, so they’re well-versed in handling weapons.

“These guys have the experience. We always have to ask ‘What if?’ Now we are prepared,” Strutt said.

"They have extensive training in carrying guns," Pringle said. "They're not going to be handing guns to people like you and me; these are people who have handled guns for 20 or 30 years."

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Emptymag;52359 Wrote:"They have extensive training in carrying guns," Pringle said. "They're not going to be handing guns to people like you and me; these are people who have handled guns for 20 or 30 years."

Nice
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Well now, not every school is full of morons. How about that?

(Aside from the statement quoted above me Tongue)

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csmith;52367 Wrote:
Emptymag;52359 Wrote:"They have extensive training in carrying guns," Pringle said. "They're not going to be handing guns to people like you and me; these are people who have handled guns for 20 or 30 years."

Nice


Yeah, I rolled my eyes at the obligatory "these are the only ones in the room qualified to handle this Gloc..." BOOOOOOOM!


Aside from that nonsense, the video footage had a comment by the school principal stating something to the effect of "We'd rather have them armed than have to call the police and WAIT."

It was refreshing to hear someone openly state the obvious.
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I don't find this fair.
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The article was great until the last statement about how the ex-troopers were more qualified than "you or me"....

Glad they're doing it though.
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So they're just going to blatantly violate 18 Pa.C.S. § 912 now?

There is no exception to that criminal statute, none, just an affirmative defense.

I personally think that if police officers belong in an area they ought to be armed, and I certainly am not complaining about the merit of the act, but it should not be done so in blatant disregard of State law, rather the law should be changed.
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IronSight;52383 Wrote:So they're just going to blatantly violate 18 Pa.C.S. § 912 now?

There is no exception to that criminal statute, none, just an affirmative defense.

I personally think that if police officers belong in an area they ought to be armed, and I certainly am not complaining about the merit of the act, but it should not be done so in blatant disregard of State law, rather the law should be changed.

Wouldn't it still be considered a lawful purpose? Or is a LEO meandering around school property not a lawful purpose to carry?
Also what the heck would a lawful school activity be to carry? A firearms demonstration?

© Defense.--It shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose.
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AndrewG23;52376 Wrote:I don't find this fair.

For lack of a better response... "Huh?"
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AndrewG23;52389 Wrote:
IronSight;52383 Wrote:So they're just going to blatantly violate 18 Pa.C.S. § 912 now?

There is no exception to that criminal statute, none, just an affirmative defense.

I personally think that if police officers belong in an area they ought to be armed, and I certainly am not complaining about the merit of the act, but it should not be done so in blatant disregard of State law, rather the law should be changed.

Wouldn't it still be considered a lawful purpose? Or is a LEO meandering around school property not a lawful purpose to carry?
Also what the heck would a lawful school activity be to carry? A firearms demonstration?

© Defense.--It shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose.

Well, I certainly would define it as a lawful purpose, but that's a DEFENSE to prosecution, not an exception to a criminal statute.

That section of law is, in my opinion, idiotically worded, but it is still the law and I don't like seeing it flaunted by public figures when the rest of us would likely be prosecuted for it.
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