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Eureka Schools superintendent and Humboldt sheriff respond to armed teachers proposal

Eureka High School

Last month, President Trump announced the incentive to for teachers who carry guns to get training and bring them to school campuses. Eureka City Schools Superintendent Fred Van Vleck said carrying guns is not what teachers signed up for.

"From my perspective, teachers got into the visiting of the business of teaching to support students, and they're not in the business of teaching to bring guns on our campuses," Van Vleck said.

However, he said the district is being proactive in other ways, to be prepared for the worst. They recently approved their school safety plan, and Van Vleck said the schools keep in constant communication with local law enforcement.

"Whether that be the sheriff's office for our campuses are that are out in the county area, or Eureka Police Dept," Van Vleck said. "We really work with them to make sure we do everything we can to have a safe campus."

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said he thinks the decision to carry a fire arm is a personal one.

"I can't tell anyone when they should carry a concealed weapon or not it's an individual decision," Honsal said. " It shouldn't come with a position or title it's all about someone's ability and the need to carry a concealed weapon and their own reasons why."

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