Passaic Valley H.S. considers letting principal carry concealed gun

Principal Ray Rotella was a police officer for 25 years and has extensive firearms training.

Principal Ray Rotella was a police officer for 25 years and has extensive firearms training. (2/5/13)

LITTLE FALLS - The principal of Passaic Valley High School could soon be permitted to carry a concealed weapon to school.

Principal Ray Rotella knows how to handle a weapon. Before his current post, he worked as a police officer for 25 years and has extensive firearms training and real-life experience.

Rotella told News 12 New Jersey that in the event of a school lockdown, having a trained, armed person within the school would be most effective in handling the situation.

The district's superintendent of schools agrees, and says that Rotella's extensive experience in the field makes him particularly qualified for this unique exception.

Both men agree that not every teacher should be armed.

The district's board of education will consider the proposal at meetings on Feb. 12 and 26.

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