A Central Dauphin School District teacher was back in the classroom Monday after students said they found a Taser charging on her desk earlier this month.
Several parents of Linglestown Elementary School students contacted abc27 about the Taser, saying the district never notified them or addressed the problem in any way.
That Taser was the topic of discussion for Cheryl Guss, who attended a board meeting on Monday night to take her concerns directly to district leaders.
“Is a Taser considered a weapon?” Guss asked, referring to the district’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons on school grounds.
“It may be, it depends,” superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson said. “I guess it depends on which police department responds and whether they determine whether or not they want to file charges.”
The board did not want to engage in a question and answer session with Guss, saying it’s a personnel matter that they cannot discuss publicly.
One parent who asked to remain anonymous said over the phone that as a frequent school volunteer, she has firsthand knowledge of the Taser’s discovery.
She said safety patrol students found the Taser before classes began January 4 and promptly reported it to administration.
The Taser was reportedly found in Lynn Carney’s classroom. She is a fifth-grade teacher and, according to that same anonymous mother, wasn’t escorted out until later that afternoon, after an entire day of instruction.
Guss wants to know why so few parents are aware of the incident.
“What’s the communication [delay] with teachers and with parents and with students, who are involved with situations that involve safety?” Guss asked the board.
Members all but dodged her questions, saying what is discussed and/or decided in their executive session regarding personnel, will remain private.
They also refused to explain why parents haven’t been notified.
“If you’ve got questions of this nature, we can afford you another forum to ask those questions but not in this venue,” said board member, Ford Thompson.
“We look at each case for what it is, we will not talk about it in public – we will not discuss it,” said Brian Faleshock, another board member.
The Central Dauphin School District student code of conduct defines a weapon as “any knife … cutting tool, nun-chuck stick, firearm, gun, shotgun, rifle … ” or any other tool “capable of inflicting bodily injury.”
While it is just for students, those we heard from believe it should also apply to teachers.
The district declined to comment on camera or provide any type of written statement regarding the allegations of the Taser’s discovery, or elaborate on why Carney is back in the classroom.