SPSCC weapons policy was brought into question after shootings across the country. The college proposed three weapons policy amendments spring quarter 2013. The new policy would have banned weapons on campus, even from vehicles. The proposal failed to pass, and the weapons policy remained the same.
The current policy in the student handbook prohibits:
“Carrying, exhibiting, displaying or drawing any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.”
While the college follows Washington state laws on weapons, the policy does not prohibit weapons.
The student body is divided on the issue.
“It adds an element of security. If I knew that people in my classes were armed and responsible, I would feel very safe with that,” said Daniel Greenmyer, student.
The thought of armed students on campus may even prevent shootings from taking place, he said.
“I just don’t see there being any issues of that sort at SPSCC,” said student David White.
“School is for learning; why do you need a weapon to learn,” asked Amanda DeLouise, student.
“It’s only a matter of time before something happens with a weapon on campus, and I would rather not be attending when it did,” said Tina Carson, a student who supports changing the weapons policy.
Teachers, staff and security should be the only people with weapons on campus, said DeLouise.
“The institution should provide enough security to protect us all,” Carson said.
SPSCC’s security officers do not carry guns and are the only people prohibited from doing so on campus.
There have been a few incidents in the college’s past where students felt intimidated or uncomfortable at the sight of a holstered firearm on campus. There has not been a recorded incident of student injury involving weapons on campus, according to faculty.