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Located in the western foothills of the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming lies the small town of Ten Sleep, so named by local American Indians because it was ten sleeps (ten days travel) from Fort Laramie to the southeast.

Ten Sleep may only have a population of about 250, but their school board is working on a plan to protect their children while at school. Although the plan won’t be officially unveiled until February, preliminary reports say that the school board will chose a person or persons to undergo a thorough background check, mental health evaluation and extensive training and then will be armed with a firearm at all times while at school.   

(Northern Wyoming Daily News) – During the Ten Sleep School Board meeting Monday evening, board members learned from Ten Sleep School Superintendent Jimmy Phelps that the committee was almost finished creating the policy and that the policy would be brought to the board for review during the February school board meeting.

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“I plan to have it on the February agenda for public input,” Phelps said. He added that he will also be inviting Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness to attend as well.

Phelps explained to the board that Rakness went over the draft policy that the committee had created and advised the committee where changes were needed last week. Phelps also told the board that the committee has a phone meeting with psychologist Jerry Post out of Cheyenne regarding psychological evaluations being a part of the policy, as recommended by Rakness. According to the Post and Associates web site, Jerry Post specializes in police and public safety psychology, performing evaluations and managing services for first responders…

If only more school boards and legislative bodies would realize just how precious and valuable our kids and grandkids are and that they worth protecting and the best way to protect them is to train and arm teachers and faculty. I’ve yet to see a school shooting that took place where teachers and faculty members were armed. Schools that are targeted are generally gun-free schools for obvious reasons.

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