By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Armed school staff debate sizzles at Eggs & Issues forum

Legislators say bill allows local control over security measures


February 29, 2024


School districts like Spirit Lake have tried to implement policies that would train and arm staff members, but were forced to ditch plans after their insurance companies threatend to drop them.

Local lawmakers offered varying degrees of support for a bill that attempts to create a pathway for schools to arm staff members.

Sen. Lynn Evans, Rep. Megan Jones, Sen. Dave Rowley and Rep. John Wills discussed the proposal during the second Eggs & Issues forum last Saturday in Spencer. If passed and signed by the governor, House File 2586 would set standards for arming K-12 employees like creating a permit system for staff members who could carry firearms in school buildings.

The bill also attempts to ensure that districts allowing teachers to carry guns can buy insurance by granting them qu...

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