Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is urging North Dakota lawmakers to stand strong to maintain a gun-free environment for its public schools. Last week D’Wayne Johnston, a school superintendent for Tioga Public School, resigned after bringing a gun to school. However, it is not effective until June 2014. Moms Demand Action is encouraging the Tioga School Board to make Johnston’s resignation effective immediately.
Johnston claims he was compelled to bring a firearm into the school after feeling threatened by a student. It is unclear if Johnston had a permit to carry a concealed handgun, however it is very clear that guns are not allowed in North Dakota public schools. After Newtown, North Dakota lawmakers rejected a measure that would allow persons with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into schools. Moms Demand Action supports this legislation and will work hard to maintain a gun-free environment for our schools to ensure the safety of students and staff.
“This is exactly why we don’t want firearms in schools—teachers arming themselves against students,” said Susan Beehler, North Dakota chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “What did Mr. Johnston intend to do with the gun? Wave it around in a threatening manner? Shoot the student if provoked? Hot-tempers and fear can lead to shootings that would otherwise not happen if there were no gun present – this has been proven time-and-time again, with disastrous results.”
Moms Demand Action encourages concerned citizens of North Dakota to join their organization to ensure guns stay out of schools.