HOWARD — During an emotional board meeting Thursday evening, the East Knox Board of Education discussed the possibility of arming staff members in the future.

Hearing testimony from the public that passed nearly an hour, the board broke into executive session for private discussion and a vote to pass a resolution on the topic.

“We are certainly not trying to rush anything,” said Board President Dustin Buckingham, “but we have a fiduciary duty to protect our kids. We can easily see how times have changed with school safety, we are getting more and more restrictive. And now we need to have some tough discussions.”

“With this being a small town, I appreciate that we are taking the time to discuss this,” said Bob Pack, a Howard resident with children in the school system.


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