In wake of school shooting, area school personnel attend free handgun class Saturday
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1/19/13 at 5:32 PM
April Clark said she will do whatever it takes to defend the children in her Tulsa pre-school class.
On Saturday, she made her way to the U.S. Shooting Academy, 6500 E. 66th St. North, to enroll in one of the free handgun classes that will be offered at the facility for teachers and other school staff.
“I will do whatever I need to do to protect my students,” Clark said. “I hope I never have to, but I want to be prepared if I have to.”
Dave Saye, manager of the U.S. Shooting Academy, said that everybody with the academy wants the public to comply with the law. However, he’s optimistic that legislation will be passed in the near future to allow teachers and other school personnel with the proper training to be armed.
Paige Pulscher, a Glenpool High School counselor who previously worked as a teacher during her 22-year career in education, said she had been thinking about the getting a handgun license. However, she said the killing of 20 elementary school students and six adults in Newtown, Conn. last month inspired her to come to the academy on Saturday to enroll in a class.
“I think something needs to change,” Pulscher said.
Read more of this story in Sunday's Tulsa World.
Lanie Jackson, a volunteer at USSA and an employee at Warner Elementary School in Warner, helps other school employees get signed up for classes at U.S. Shooting Academy on Saturday. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World