By Tim Kowols
School administrators are still figuring out the steps needed to protect their students from events similar to what took place in Parkland, Florida last week. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Tuesday he would be open to allowing teachers and others to be armed at schools while the Legislature wrestled with other gun-control measures. State Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum went as far as proposing a bill allowing private schools to have armed teachers and staff. Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel realized during his 10-plus year career as a principal that there may be a day where he will be able to carry a gun if he wanted to, but does not feel comfortable carrying a weapon even with regular shooting and training. Tjernagel suggested another alternative he would feel comfortable with doing.
Tjernagel says gun control and weapons in schools are complex issues that involve knee-jerk reactions and a failure to examine all aspects of the issues and possible alternatives.