As of Tuesday, July 10, 2018
GRANGEVILLE After more than a year of planning and discussion, a portion of the Mountain View School District 244 firearms policy finally came to fruition.
Fourteen school personnel, 11 from MVSD and three from Salmon River, recently took a firearms safety and training course. The end result, — the school board hoped as they were finalizing the policy — was to place specific educators/staff with firearms on their person or be privy to a classified place and code where a firearm was hidden, thus being able to protect students if needed.
“I was able to sit in on some of the training,” said superintendent Marc Scheibe. “I was very impressed.”
The training was provided by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.
“I thought I knew quite a lot about gun safety, but I learned more about safety than I ever thought possible,” Scheibe said.
He said the first four days were weapon training and safety, then there was a live scenario day.
“It truly became real,” he said. “One thing made clear to me is we definitely need to have ongoing, continuing training.”
He said the scenario included people being killed and wounded.
“You really have to practice what you’ve trained for and be prepared. It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be,” he emphasized. “People’s lives are on the line.”
Scheibe alluded to the fact he would not be surprised if some people found they could not be the “point person” following the completion of training.
“It really makes you think,” he added.
Scheibe said of the group only three passed the shooting portion of the course, but those who did not pass will continue to practice and then retake that portion of the program.