Pa. school district still pushing to arm teachers

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Tamaqua School board member Nicholas Boyle (left) and School Board President Larry Wittig (center) are joined by Joe Egan, a representative of The Buckeye Firearm Foundation at a meeting in November 2018. (Matt Smith for Keystone Crossroads)

Tamaqua School board member Nicholas Boyle (left) and School Board President Larry Wittig (center) are joined by Joe Egan, a representative of The Buckeye Firearm Foundation at a meeting in November 2018. (Matt Smith for Keystone Crossroads)

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Last year in hopes of preventing a mass shooting, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania became the first school district in the state to allow staff to carry firearms. But now, as students begin the school year, implementing that idea has been put on hold. Keystone Crossroads contributor Jen Kinney explains why Tamaqua’s controversial plan rests on competing interpretations of state law and a heated school board election.

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