Garden Valley School District Makes Guns Available To Trained Staff

Aug 26, 2015

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This academic year marks the first that a remote Idaho school district will make guns available to trained staff members in the event that an active shooter is on the 300-student campus.

KBOI-TV reports Superintendent Greg Alexander says it can take 45 minutes or longer for emergency responders to reach the Garden Valley School District, prompting officials to buy four rifles, put them in gun safes and train a few staff members in how to use them.

Traci Stevens has a daughter enrolled at the school and says anything can happen on a campus that's out in the middle of nowhere. She said parents were initially split on the issue, but many have come to support the program.

A grant-funded restorative justice officer is also joining the campus.