A little-known exception to the law that bans guns in Minnesota schools allows staff to carry a weapon with special permission from a principal or other school official, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper quotes Greg Lund, who for years carried a loaded gun as a high school principal in a rural northwestern part of the state.
The rule could be a key part of any debate in the Minnesota Legislature next year over gun control, and specifically, guns in schools. Republican state Rep. Tony Cornish, has said he plans to introduce a bill that would allow teachers to carry loaded weapons in the classroom. Others, including Gov. Mark Dayton, have said they would oppose arming teachers.
On Wednesday, it was discovered that a teacher's aide at Seward Montessori School in Minneapolis had a loaded .357 Magnum handgun in her locker. She was placed on administrative leave, and it was not immediately clear whether she would be charged with a misdemeanor, the Star Tribune reports.
A Minneapolis police official told KARE 11 that the aide had the gun as school in response to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut last week that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
A message about the incident was posted on the school's website.