By Connor Clark
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DeWitt Public School’s Board of Education unanimously approved a new gun policy that bans administrators from carrying a firearm on school grounds.
“Right now we have a policy for students and faculty, but not administrators,” board member Sarah Hartman said.
Superintendent of Dewitt Public Schools, Dr. John Deiter believes that guns in school provide a false sense of security and may cause more problems than solve.
“Administrators haven’t had the same level of training of police personnel,” Deiter said.
“Lock it down… how do you expect to confront an armed subject for something you are not trained to do, and win?” City of DeWitt Police Chief Bruce Ferguson said.
According to Deiter, weapons that are brought into school by administrators may be misplaced and could fall into the hands of a student.
“I’m in favor of guns in schools if they are in the hands of trained law enforcement,” Deiter said. “But having a teacher or administrator try and take down an armed suspect is a low possibility.”