Friday, September 12, 2014

Schools, Guns, And Lunches

Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley has done it again.

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From Thursday:

Utah teacher shoots herself in the leg at elementary school
Accident » Elementary school teacher whose gun went off in restroom is treated and released from hospital.
First Published Sep 11 2014 09:43 am • Updated 7 minutes ago
A Taylorsville elementary school teacher somehow shot herself in the leg while in a school restroom.
The 6th-grade teacher, Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, was in a faculty restroom at Westbrook Elementary School (3451 W. 6200 South) on Thursday morning when her handgun went off, said Ben Horsley, spokesman of Granite School District.
The teacher — a concealed carry permit holder — was allowed to have the weapon on campus per state law, Horsley said.
Utah is among the few states that allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in public schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Educators have said they have no way of determining how many Utah teachers are armed, but gun-rights advocates have estimated that 1 percent, or about 240 teachers in the state, are licensed to carry weapons.
Utah teachers are allowed to carry guns, but the weapons must be completely concealed and kept with the teacher at all times, including inside a bathroom stall, according to the state office of education. However, teachers are not required to tell the school that they have a gun.
"This would clearly violate the intent and the strategic advantage of the ‘concealed’ weapon," the district’s statement reads. "If a permit holder had disclosed to faculty or staff that they were carrying a weapon, this could make them a target in an active shooter situation."
From the comments section on the above article:

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    Who could have seen this coming? 
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        Including Stevie Wonder.

          • Also from Thursday's Tribune:

            Report blames Salt Lake City lunch manager for trashing meals
            Lunch debacle » Some parents unhappy with report.
            First Published 6 hours ago • Updated 29 minutes ago
            A school nutrition manager deserves most of the blame for dumping the meals of 17 Uintah Elementary students earlier this year, according to an independent report released by the Salt Lake City School District on Thursday.
            The students’ meal accounts were in arrears and they were given a snack of fruit and milk after their lunches were publicly taken away last winter.
            Uintah parent Ashley Hoopes, [Read: woman who really, really wants her name in the news] who has been vocal about the matter for months, said the report shocked and disappointed her.
            "You cannot blame a low-level lunch worker or any of her peer lunch workers who were trying to make sense of a very bad policy," Hoopes said, "when the people that created and enforce the policy are just standing by, making six figures, with business as usual."


            Thus, as I said, Bagley really nailed it on this one.  :)

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      1. Bagley often hits it right on the head. Funny how (although I think throwing away their lunches was wrong) very little blame is thrown at these well to do parents who were months behind on their lunch accounts. Blaming and embarrassing the kids was wrong, but I have yet to see anyone ask these parent's "Why were you so far behind on their account?"