As of Wednesday, July 11, 2018
“It truly became real.”
If there’s anything that’s impressed us on how serious Mountain View School District 244 is taking its firearm’s policy, it’s superintendent Mark Scheibe’s perspective following a recent safety and training course.
“You really have to practice what you’ve trained for and be prepared. It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be,” he emphasized, in a story in this week’s Idaho County Free Press. “People’s lives are on the line.”
This quote grasps two important issues regarding 244’s policy to allow for district employees to carry firearms to protect both students and staff in the event of a shooting incident.
The first is the process to provide for an armed presence in schools should be labored over to clearly spell out responsibilities, requirements and the potential consequences. That this policy first began to be shaped in 2016 and – since adoption last year – continues to slowly take shape in full public view should assure district patrons it has great care and caution being observed by the school board, administration and staff leading into its final implementation.
And even with that last, were the process to result in no staff to be qualified at this time to be authorized for firearm use within the school, that would further speak to the district’s care in ensuring the public’s safety is its prime concern.
And that is the second issue: “People’s lives are on the line.” The district gets it. This goes beyond the politics and won’t be rushed through just to get a gunslinger in the halls. From what we’re seeing, this policy goes through as 100 percent perfect as the district can make it, or it doesn’t go through.
This isn’t an easy policy to be involved with for the district. There remains much public concern to this, including some thoughtful on-point opposition. We’re not happy with this age where such a policy has to be considered here in Idaho County. But our concerns are eased with the patience, attention to detail and the focus on public safety the district is exhibiting in moving along with this policy.