KHSD Moves Forward with New Gun Policy

Set to go in effect before school year ends
Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 22:11:01-05

The Kern High School District is moving forward with a new policy that will allow staff members with CCW permits to carry guns on campus. 

"I think parents are waking up this morning for the first time and just realizing what happened," said KHSD Trustee Board Member, Jeff Flores, who voted against the new gun policy. 

He added "it's an accident waiting to happen," and does not believe the board took the community's thoughts into consideration.

President of the Board of Trustees, Mike Williams voted in support of the new policy and says he belives this will make KHSD campuses safer. 

Williams also said he wants teachers to have more extensive training beyond a CCW certification, and said he communicated this to administators who will be writing the new policy into regulation. 

"What we wanted on top of a CCW is we want a 40 hours plus expensive training for a teacher that requests the permission to teach them about the particulars of a school setting and what they can and cannot do," Williams said. 

The District currently allows CCW permit non-employees on campuses. This requires written consent from the Superintendent, as well as million dollar liability insurance. They district told 23ABC that 13 non-staff members applied, and all 13 were approved. 

The district is a pioneer for such a policy in California, and are looking at Texas, a state that has similar gun policies in place. 

"In this case, we're somewhat of a trailblazer," said Williams.