The father of a Clio elementary school student, Kenneth Herman filed a lawsuit in March of 2015, because of the fact he was denied entry to Edgerton Elementary multiple times when he wanted to pick up his daughter, due to the fact he was openly carrying a pistol.
The problems started in 2013 for Kenneth, when a deputy was called to the school while he was there carrying his gun. The schools in the district have a lockdown policy that they follow if a weapon is found on the property. This causes severe disruptions in the school’s functions, not to mention the terrible panic for everyone concerned, and this reason is why the district demanded he leave.
This prompted him to file suit since even though concealed carry can restrict where you are allowed to carry a gun (such as schools), open carry does not have this restriction. News on the ruling is as follows:
Genesee Circuit Judge Archie Hayman on Monday, Aug. 10, ruled in favor of Kenneth Herman, who filed the lawsuit March 5 in Genesee County Circuit Court against the Clio Area School District after he was denied access to Edgerton Elementary multiple times while attempting to pick up his daughter because he was open-carrying a pistol.
“The ruling today does not come as a surprise, the law is the law,” Herman said after Hayman’s decision. “Now that Clio Area Schools have heard the ruling, read the laws and the Court of Appeals case law has been explained to them, I hope they stop burning through tax dollars fighting the law and common sense.
Kenneth Herman: “I hope they stop fighting the law and common sense“
Yes, he said common sense.
So in the end it seems that the judge in the case feels that one man’s insecurity, or delusions of being the lone gunman savior of his daughter’s school, are more important than a safe and non-disruptive environment for school children. Clearly as a tax payer, this father has the right to overtly terrorize his daughter’s school, other children, other parents, and cause general unease in the community.
I think this brings up some important questions that the state needs to address:
1) What is the level of threat that has to be perceived before someone like another armed parent, or school security, should be able to tolerate before drawing a weapon and executing this father? He could be a school shooter. He could have picked that day to go out in a blaze of glory because “big gubmint”. He could have forgotten to take his pills that day. Nobody knows!
2) What level of child, faculty, childrens’ family members, or other miscellaneous citizen deaths should be absorbed by the community before this law needs to be revised? How many dead children are a reasonable cost for the concept of someone else’s “Liberty”? It might not ever happen, but it could happen any time someone brings a weapon onto school property. I wonder if loaded assault rifles being carried at low-ready are acceptable.
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