KHSD board votes to allow employees with CCW permits to bring guns on campus

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees in Bakersfield, Calif., holds a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, to consider passing an amendment that would allow employees with CCW permits to seek written permission to bring guns to campus. The board passed the amendment on a 3-2 vote. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Tom Murphy)

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees has voted in favor of allowing employees to bring guns onto campuses.

The five-man board approved an amendment to the KHSD gun policy that allows staff members who hold a concealed-carry weapons permit to bring guns to school with the superintendent's written permission.

The 3-2 vote comes several months after the board decided to allow nonstaff members with CCW permits to bring weapons onto campus if approved by the superintendent. Only 13 nonstaff CCW holders have applied so far.

KHSD becomes the largest district in the state to allow employees with CCW permits to come armed to campus. It's the second district in Kern County grant such allowances, following the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.

Thursday's special meeting, which was announced with just the minimum day's notice, wasn't without controversy. The meeting room was packed with those on both sides of the issue, and a group protested outside in opposition of guns on campuses.

Board President Mike Williams told Eyewitness News on Wednesday that the intention behind the amendment is the safety of students.

"I believe it creates a safer environment. If nothing else, those that would do evil with a firearm will not have the assurance it's a gun-free zone. That is a big deterrent itself," he said.

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