FRESNO (CBSLA.com) — Kingsburg Joint Union High School District near Fresno is the second school district in California to allow staff members to carry concealed firearms on campus.
School board members Monday unanimously approved the new policy meant to protect students and faculty in case there is a school shooting or terror attack.READ MORE: 4 Dead, 1 Injured In 'Ambush-Style' Shooting At House Party In Inglewood
“It’s unfortunate we live in a society where we have to even consider these measures. But the reality is we do,” Superintendent Randy Morris told CBS47 in Fresno.
Under the new policy, up to five district employees are allowed to carry concealed weapons on school grounds. The superintendent will designate qualified individuals, who must undergo background checks and training.READ MORE: Man, 18, Killed In Shooting In Santa Ana; Probe Underway
According to the Fresno Bee, there are no surrounding fence, gates or police officers on the campus of Kingsburg High School, and students are allowed to leave for lunch.
The Anderson Union High School District near Redding also allows teachers and other staff members to carry concealed guns on campuses.MORE NEWS: Inside SoCal: 1/23 Wrap-Up
In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 707, which bans concealed handguns from all California schools, “unless with the written permission of certain school district officials,” according to the California legislative website.