Plan to Hold Shooting Practices in Fall Mountain H.S. Cafeteria on Hold

Nov 1, 2017

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Fall Mountain Regional School District Superintendent Lori Landry will meet with community members Thursday night about a controversial plan to allow marksmanship practices in the local high school cafeteria.

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board approved an exemption to its weapons policy earlier this fall to allow the Army JROTC program to bring in air rifles for the practices subject to certain safety precautions -- things like closed blinds, locked doors and secured entry.

Landry said the program had no other options for venues, and the board agreed the cafeteria could be safely secured.

But some community members disagree, saying bringing weapons of any kind to school is not a good idea.

“We have mass shootings every week in this country,” said Andrew Gentes of Alstead. “Schools are particularly vulnerable. To say that it was a tone deaf decision would be putting it mildly.”

The practices were scheduled to begin this month. They're now on hold.

The superintendent said she’ll bring concerns aired by community members at the meeting Thursday night to the school board's regularly scheduled meeting Nov 13.