In the end, Kansas City School District security guards tonight regained their privilege to carry firearms.
But what started out as a matter of fixing a policy glitch swelled into a philosophical discussion among administrators and board members about school safety, the surrounding neighborhoods and the role of holstered guns in the hallways.
"The firearm situation has generated a lot of confusion," Superintendent John Covington admitted.
Earlier this year, the district needed to change a policy that had allowed truant officers working off school property to be armed. Covington said the policy conflicted with state law, which gives government officers that privilege only if they have gone through "policy academy" training.
However, Covington said, the first policy change inadvertently took firearms away from all security officers.
But when board members took up fixing the policy tonight, not all of them thought it needed fixing.
When adults carry guns in front of children, board Vice President Arthur Benson II said, "it normalizes guns in their lives."
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