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School District Opposes Knife Bill

Spokeswoman Laura Rumpler sent this statement re: knives to the Idaho Legislature last night on behalf of the Coeur d'Alene School Board:

"The safety and well being of our students and staff are a top priority. Our district administration is very concerned with the potential impacts of SB 1092 and the unintended consequences of a school district not being able to prohibit knives on our school grounds. One of our key areas of focus in our district’s strategic direction is ensuring we have safe, supportive and vibrant learning environments. A knife can often be used as a weapon.  We have spent years crafting school board policy, that is adopted at the local level, to keep our school children safe.  We have school policies in place that prohibit students from possessing knives on school grounds or at school events. We are concerned SB 1092 will take our school safety efforts backwards.  We encourage the state legislature to revisit the language of this bill to protect our school children and our weapons-free school environments."

Question: Has the Idaho Legislature compromised the safety of our school children with their bill regulating knives?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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