Oh teh noes! A gun!

On school property!

The head of athletic programs for the Pearland Independent School District has been suspended from his duties over allegations that he brought a weapon onto district property, officials confirmed late Tuesday.

“If there is any truth to it, it is a great tragedy,“ said Pearland board member Suzy Roberts.

A great tragedy. No, I’d say a great tragedy is the fact that we have lost so much of our sense of proportion that we would call something like this a “great tragedy” when no one was hurt. Of course, all of this is assuming that it was an accident. If it wasn’t, I for one would be interested to see why he didn’t do anything with it. One says in the comments that “there are gun laws for a reason.” Yeah, that reason being Americans have turned into a bunch of pussycats who’ll tolerate any abrogation of their liberties for teh childrenses

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One Response to “Oh teh noes! A gun!”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Bob S. (209.12.109.210)
    I wonder if I’m reading the law wrong.

    Penal Code Section 46.03 states:
    (1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution;

    and

    (1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution;

    So, is the administration building part of the school? Is it consider a part of the school regardless of where it is?

    I would bet money that the school district has a policy against carrying, but is it against the law?

    Arlington Texas has admin building that are not part of any elementary, junior or high school campus. Many districts have the same.

    Man, I love the internet. This
    http://www.pearlandisd.org/files/filesystem/dist_map.pdf
    Would seem to indicate that the buildings aren’t part of the actual school campuses.

    From the Employee handbook ( I mean to tell you I love the internet )
    http://www.pearlandisd.org/files/filesystem/Emp_handbook.pdf

    Employees, visitors, and students are prohibited from bringing firearms, knives, or other weapons onto school premises or any school grounds or buildings (i.e. building or portion of a building) where a school-sponsored activity takes place.

    Guess we are back to the same question, is the admin building part of the school? I would say no.

    A better question is should the school district stop its employees from being able to carry?
    August 26, 2009, 10:30:19 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    K. D. (76.210.226.84)
    You know, in the 1980s I taught in a school in the Huntsville area. I started hunting with a couple of my kids after school. We all in those days brought our guns to school. We locked them in my closet in my room. Heck, the principal was a big duck hunter and would bring his shotgun and leave it in the open in his office…..( BTW: I still hunt with those boys and their children today.)
    August 27, 2009, 6:06:22 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    A better question is should the school district stop its employees from being able to carry?
    If I remember right it’s federal law that no one can have a gun within 1,000 feel of a school though, no? And of course that also goes back to whether it was an admin building and whether that should count. No matter what, though, I don’t think there’s any legitimate reason for that man to have the book thrown at him because ultimately he never hurt anyone.

    You know, in the 1980s I taught in a school in the Huntsville area.
    Those really were the days, weren’t they?
    August 27, 2009, 8:50:25 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Bob S. (209.12.109.210)
    From the Gun Free Schoo Zones Act of 1996
    A) It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to
    possess a firearm t h at has moved in or that otherwise
    affects interstate or foreign commerce at a place that
    the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to
    believe, is a school zone.
    (B) Subparagraph (A) shall d o es not apply to the
    possession of a firearm—
    if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to
    do so by the State in which the school zone is located
    or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of
    the State or political subdivision requires that, before
    an individual obtain s such a license, the law

    And federal law does nothing to clarify if the admin building is part of the school or not.
    18 USC § 921 Definitions
    (a) As used in this chapter—
    (25) The term “school zone” means—
    (A) in, or on the grounds of, a public, parochial or private school; or
    (B) within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.
    (26) The term “school” means a school which provides elementary or secondary education, as determined
    under State law.

    Looking at that definition, I would say the admin building isn’t part of the school if it isn’t on the same grounds but it is not definitive.
    August 27, 2009, 11:20:00 AM CDT – Like – Reply – Moderate

    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    And federal law does nothing to clarify if the admin building is part of the school or not.

    We might better pipe down before they take notice of that. Lol…

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