Oregon Teacher Wants to Bring Gun to School

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon high school English teacher is demanding the right to pack heat on the job.

Shirley Katz says she needs to take her 9 millimeter Glock pistol with her to work because she fears her ex-husband could show up and try to hurt her. She's also worried about a Columbine-style attack.

But Katz's district has barred teachers from bringing guns to school. So Katz is challenging the ban as unlawful, because Oregon is among states that allow people with a permit, which she has, to carry concealed weapons into public buildings.

School Superintendent Phil Long insists employees and students are safer without guns on campus at South Medford High School, where Katz teaches. The district plans to make that argument when the case comes before a judge on Thursday.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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