Discussion regarding arming school district employees continues to churn as the Campbell County School District Board of Trustees has yet to decide whether creating a policy that would allow for concealed carry would be best for the district.
At last night’s meeting, Deputy Superintendent Kirby Eisenhauer presented the board with answers to 13 of the most frequently asked questions on the recent online public survey. More than 200 respondents to indicated they would like more information before deciding if they are for or against creation of a concealed carry policy.
Three people got up to address the board during the public comment section of the meeting in Campbell County, all to voice their disapproval for moving forward with creating an armed educator policy.
The State Legislature adopted the new law in 2017. Wyoming Statute 21-3-132 “Possession of firearms on school property,” gives each school district the authority to create and enact a policy, if they so choose. Since that time, the board has taken a measured approach, gathering as much public input as possible before making a decision.
Uinta County School District #1 (UCSD#1) in Evanston was the first in the state to approve and develop an armed educator policy just a few months after the law took effect.
According to UCSD#1 Superintendent Ryan Thomas, the school board unanimously approved the policy for a second time in June 2019. Rule CKA took effect in Uinta County July 1, 2019.
Thomas said although the exact number and identity of those who have applied to carry concealed firearms at school facilities is confidential, he did say there have already been applicants.
The Campbell County School Board is scheduled to decide next month whether to move forward with developing a policy.
Meanwhile, UCSD#1 received notice today that the same group that took legal action in 2017, is now challenging the constitutionality of the statute as a whole.
“It’s frustrating to me that the rights of the majority continue to be trampled on,” Thomas said, adding that was his opinion alone. “It’s a huge distraction to what we’re trying to do here at the district level.”