Free concealed carry class offered to teachers, turnout not what expected
SKIATOOK, Okla. (KTUL) – Darrell Briggs started brainstorming the idea of off a free concealed carry class for Skiatook teachers months ago.
“After the shooting in Florida I thought what can we do as a town, as a city here in Skiatook, to maybe prevent such a thing happening in our community,” he said. “Mainly I just wanted to be able to protect the students of our city.”
He asked Instructor Chuck Black of Concealed Carry Oklahoma to teach the class.
“I’ve been saying it for years that every school in Oklahoma should have at least five teachers carrying a loaded weapon,” Black said. “It’s their responsibility to protect their children. It’s very important to me for teachers themselves to be able to protect their children in the classroom. With all the shootings going on, I’m very passionate about teachers carrying a weapon in class.”
Both said they were surprised when not a single teacher showed up to the class.
“I was overwhelmed by the lack of people that participated,” said Briggs. “Very disappointed, but it does tell me that maybe arming the teachers isn’t the answer to this problem. I don’t know what the answer might be, I don’t know."
He’s asking for help finding other options.
“If anyone else has an answer to the problems our children are facing when they go to class every day and the worry that they have from being assaulted in class, if you have any other ideas, please let us know,” said Briggs. “As a community, we need to try everything to protect our children.”
He says he would try to set up another concealed carry class if teachers showed interest.