Please forgive me for posting a non-fishing thread, but the recent violence in Conn. has weighed heavily on my heart. I'm a teacher of 18 years and an avid fly fisherman... The members of this board represent a broad political spectrum and i wanted to bounce the following legislative idea off all of you as i believe it can relatively quickly make our schools safer (if passed). thank you brad Individual local school boards in Washington State should be allowed to issue “Guardian Teacher Permits.” The Guardian Teacher Permit would be a concealed weapons permit + 1. The Guardian Teacher or Administrator would be allowed to carry a concealed weapon onto school grounds during their work day. The following is a basic outline of what might be included in said legislation: 1. Guardian Teachers or Administrators would be selected and approved by local school districts (built in vetting process that costs the state nothing). 2. Participation in this program would be completely optional. No school district would have to participate. 3. Guardian Teacher applications could be submitted to the state for additional background checks (which teachers have already passed). 4. Only teachers with impeccable employee record would be eligible. Guardian Status could be revoked at any time by the school board under their discretion. 5. Automatic suspension of Guardian status for any of the following: DWI, or violations of the law above or beyond a speeding ticket, and for receiving an employee reprimand. 6. Guardian teachers would be required to attend some type of training (two to four days, at employee or district cost), covering their role and responsibility as a Guardian teacher, gun safety, and pass a basic marksmanship course. 7. Guardian teachers would be under direction to keep an absolutely low profile (we don’t talk about guardian teachers….” If you have questions ask the district office.” 8. Only teachers/administrators with a proven record of service and professionalism would be eligible. Rational: 1. Our schools have proven the most vulnerable targets in our society for the violence of demented minds. As a society we have no more precious treasure than our children, yet we guard armored trucks better than our schools. 2. The cost of having full time protection from police officers or trained and armed security guards is more than most districts can afford. 3. Regardless of anyone’s position on gun control legislation or the passage of future gun control laws, it is likely that these acts of insanity will plague our society well into the future. A Guardian Teacher law could make our schools safer in a matter of weeks (if passed). 4. The mere knowledge that Guardian Teachers are present in a school may dissuade potential attacks. 5. There seems to be an ever increasing number of disturbed people who view our children as targets. As there are wolves in our world, let us put Guardians among the lambs.