K-12 Director Resigns Over Board Rejecting Less-Lethal Weapons

YORK, Penn.
Published: January 4, 2010

The York City School District director of safety, security and emergency preparedness resigned on Dec. 21 after the school board rejected several school safety proposals.

William Fenton claims the school board tried to micromanage him and made it impossible for him to do his job, reports York Daily Record. In August, the school board disagreed on Fenton’s proposal to use police officers in the high school and at athletic events. In early December, it also tabled his proposal to give security officers pepper spray, Tasers and handcuffs.

Fenton was hired in June after a private auditor suggested a safety director position would improve the school’s security. School board President Samuel Beard said the board will evaluate the situation before deciding whether to replace Fenton, according to the news report.

Beard strongly opposed Fenton’s proposal for pepper spray and police officers in the schools.

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