By Sahid Fawaz
A divisive issue is back in the news again as a state senate has approved a bill to let school workers carry firearms.
Many, including unions, are opposed to the legislation.
"A controversial bill approved by the state Senate would let school employees carry firearms on school grounds, but the proposed legislation faces an uncertain future as it advances to the state House of Representatives for consideration.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has voiced opposition. The Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state teachers union, opposes the bill.
The Senate vote on June 28 was 28-22. State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp., and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp. voted for it.
'It empowers school districts and school boards to make a decision whether they want to pursue a policy to allow teachers to have access to weapons in the school. So we’re not mandating it. It allows districts to determine their own needs, determine whether it makes sense for them,' Baker said . . .
Pennsylvania State Education Association President Jerry Oleksiak said the bill 'endangers students.'
The union is against 'arming teachers, education support professionals, and other school staff whose primary responsibility should continue to be educating students, not policing school buildings and grounds with firearms,' Oleksiak said in a news release.
'Creating new training requirements and a new level of bureaucracy for school districts doesn’t change the simple fact that this bill would introduce more guns into schools,' Oleksiak added.
Paul Shemansky, a PSEA spokesman in Luzerne County, said local union leaders in the county with whom he has spoken support Oleksiak’s statements."
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