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Vancouver parents want teachers to be able to carry guns

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A group of Vancouver parents is asking for more security at schools.

The issues of school security and gun control weren't on the agenda at a board meeting Tuesday night, but vocal parents brought it up.

The parents want teachers to be allowed to carry concealed weapons in classrooms.

They also want "gun free zone" signs replaced with signs that read "protected by armed personnel."

The group is worried that tragedies like the one in Newtown are possible in Vancouver without changes to policy.

District officials said they understand the parents' concerns, but that it's ultimately the legislature's decision.

"Hopefully, these points are brought up to legislators who ultimately decide what options are available to us," said Mick Hoffman, director of safety and security at Vancouver schools.

Currently, the Vancouver School District has four police officers on its campuses and 23 security officers who are armed with Tasers, pepper spray and batons.

As parents push for change in Washington, an Oregon representative has introduced a bill to upgrade school security at K-12 schools.

The bill authorizes the state treasurer to issue bonds for a grant program that would offer funding for safety improvements.

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