Bishop School District Board votes down waivers for concealed weapons carriers.
The Bishop Unified School District (BUSD) voted 4-1 on Thursday, March 24, to not issue waivers for permitted concealed carry weapons (CCW) that would allow people to bring their guns on school campus. Senate Bill 707, which forced schools to make the call on the waivers, was implemented soon after the massacre in San Bernardino, which took place in an office building.
The topic drew more than 50 parents and educators into the Bishop High School Library. Board member Dr. Eric Richman said he has received 94 emails on the topic.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Auditor-Controller for BUSD Terry McAteer remarked to the board he believes SB 707 “is a poor piece of legislation” and has become “a statewide problem.”
McAteer gave examples of what two other California school districts have endured after granting the waivers. In Butte County, three staff members had to take medical leave for stress and anxiety. In Shasta County, a school district board agreed to the waivers, but the Superintendent did not want to be the policeman, nor did he think he had the knowledge to decide who should get the exemption. That, in turn, allowed any person with a CCW to come onto campus. The district’s excess liability carrier said it would no longer do business with the district because it wasn’t abiding by state law.