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Wednesday in Portland: Portland Public Schools votes to ban concealed firearms on campuses & more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Wednesday, June 15 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. PPS Board votes 7-0 to ban concealed weapons on campuses

Portland Public Schools voted this week to update its weapons policy, banning concealed guns on campus. The district also considered enforcing harsher penalties for those, including Concealed Handgun License holders, who bring weapons into schools. Board member Julia Brim-Edwards said the vote was unanimous.

Several other Oregon school districts have already implemented similar polices, following the passing of Senate Bill 554 last year. The new law allows public schools, colleges and universities to ban guns for those who have a CHL.

2. Newberg School Board members resign, citing board's questionable decisions over last year

During a board meeting Tuesday night, Rebecca Piros and Brandy Penner announced they would be stepping down from the Newberg School Board effective immediately. Both cited the board’s questionable decisions over the last year, including banning “political” symbols in schools and firing former Superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock in November.

“It is a great professional and personal disappointment that in the last year, I have been part of a school board that is laser-focused on destroying not only public education but our community,” Penner said. “For months, hundreds of students, staff, parents and community members have pleaded with this board to listen, to lead with professionalism and compassion. And these pleads fell on deaf ears.”

Penner went on to say the board has abused its power by condoning hate through name calling, sexism and homophobic slurs. The board voted and accepted both resignations.

3. Several earthquakes strike off Oregon Coast

Several earthquakes were reported by the U.S. Geological Survey off the Oregon Coast near Newport early Wednesday. A 3.8-magnitude earthquake was reported 274 miles west of Newport at 2:54 a.m. Several more earthquakes were recorded in similar areas over the next four hours.

According to the USGS, the largest quake recorded was a 5.6 magnitude. There is currently no tsunami threat.

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