TWIN FALLS, ID (KMTV/CNN) – A private school has settled on a different approach when it comes to teachers and administrators carrying guns in campus.
Lighthouse Christian School enrolls preschoolers, and students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Without a school resource officer, its gun policy is different.
“We prefer, mainly, our administration. Obviously for teachers, they’re in close proximity with students every day, and we feel that the administration has greater availability if an intruder were to come into our school,” Lighthouse Superintendent Kevin Newbry said.
The small group of gun carriers at the school are trained by local law enforcement, and they practice lockdown drills.
Administrators can set off different alarms that initiate an entire school lockdown. Once a bell has been rung, teachers then follow specific lockdown drill procedures until they’ve received a signal that all is clear.
“With an intruder that has a gun or a rifle, statistics show the only thing that is going to stop an issue is another gun, unfortunately,” Newbry said.
Lighthouse doors remain locked during school hours. One student said she was glad the school took this step.
“I feel pretty safe, and I’m glad that they do that,” Chloe Gomez said. “I think that we need something to at least defend ourselves.”