Lee Mangold: Repeal "Guardian Program" / by Charles Yeganian

This year, in the wake of the Parkland shooting, our legislators passed a large public safety bill. While there was a lot of good that came out of that bill, it’s also authorized the creation of the “Guardian Program.” This program allows school staff members to take a short training and carry guns in schools. As of now, the county Sherriff must approve of the Guardian Program for the county and this excludes teachers. At a time when our teachers can’t afford to live on their salary, the legislature spent $67 million dollars to put guns in schools. The other concern is that legislators will start filing bills to include all teachers in the program and potentially remove the requirement of Sheriff’s approval.

There is a lot of things we can do to improve safety in our schools that do not include arming teachers. I know this because I’ve done this professionally; the sheriff also knows this. We need to get our hands around this situation NOW and repeal the guardian program.
— Lee Mangold