Traverse City schools discuss concealed weapons on school grounds
Traverse City Public School leaders, including the interim superintendent, met with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office and Traverse City Police Department about concealed weapons and the open carry issue on school grounds.
Paul Soma, interim superintendent, says the Grand Traverse County Sheriff is interested in trying to get a standardized response for schools throughout Grand Traverse County.
Although TCAPS is the largest school, the sheriff would like to see a common approach to this issue throughout others schools like Fife Lake, Kingsley, as well as charter and private schools.
No decision was made during the meeting but it did spark goals in regards to the issue.
TCAPS is the first school that is meeting with the sheriff to begin the process of creating a common plan in regards to open carry of guns on school grounds even when someone has a concealed weapons permit.
Several representatives from each organization agree that safety and security of students and staff is the first priority. The goal is to implement a response to the issue as uniformly as possible with schools in the county.
Soma says it is also important to respect the rights of everyone which is the reality of the situation.
The sheriff is going to talk to other schools in the county to try and reach a similar agreement as to how to deal with the situation. The sheriff will then implement a process that can be used in those situations.
"We Continue to work in conjunction with local law enforcement to develop a process to address open-carry on property," says Paul Soma, interim superintendent of TCAPS. "Our number one goal is to ensure safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors. A response will be implemented as uniformly as possible over all schools in the region that respects the rights of all citizens."