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‘Shooting people is deescalation’: Three days with teachers training to use guns in schools

Arming teachers to prevent or lessen the death toll of mass shootings is a controversial proposition, and the training teachers receive before being authorized to carry guns in the classroom is one of the biggest sources of debate.

By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

Cameras, counselors and yoga — how Pa. schools spent an unprecedented flood of safety and security cash

“You can’t hide behind, ‘It’ll never happen here,’ because we just don’t know where it will happen,”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Citing technicality, central Pa. school district scraps first-of-kind policy to arm teachers

"It would be better to just cancel the whole thing, get rid of the lawsuits and start over and engage in an honest debate and conversation."
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Some Pa. superintendents have been quietly armed in schools — and parents probably don’t know it

“In my opinion, it should be done out in the light of day, so citizens know, ‘Here’s what’s going on in our schools.'”
By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

Tamaqua parents shocked that armed teacher policy has been quietly reinstated

"If I find out there is a gun in my classroom with my teacher, I am going to ask to leave that room immediately."
By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

‘Hard’ and ‘soft’ school safety solutions on display at western Pa. conference

School districts have a lot of discretion in how they approach safety and security. All Pennsylvania districts are eligible for $25,000 safety grants per year, which they can spend on anything from counselors to metal detectors.

By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

Tamaqua school board punts on policy to allow teachers to carry guns

"I really believed the board had truly believed that this was the best way to protect our students. It has gone from that to a Second Amendment push."
By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads


Parent lawsuit over armed teachers sparks heated exchange in Tamaqua

'I don't believe a teacher should have to pack and carry, their sole responsibility should be to teach a student,' said mother Holly Koscak.
By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

In Pa. coal country, debate flares over arming teachers to prevent school shootings

“Most teachers are not for other teachers carrying firearms. This is not what we signed up for.”
By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads