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Tioga Superintendent Resigns

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The superintendent of schools in Tioga says he will step down in 9 months after bringing a gun to school last week.

Superintendent D'Wayne Johnston tells the Tioga Tribune that he had a weapon with him on school property last Wednesday following what he termed an explosive situation with a person who was asked to leave the school grounds the previous day.

He says he brought the firearm to the school building out of concern for the safety of students and staff.

A bill to give school boards authority to designate an employee to carry a concealed weapon in school failed in the past legislative session.

Still, the head of the Tioga School Board says the State School Boards Association interprets existing state law as saying there is already such authority.

But the Tioga School Board voted Friday to accept Johnston's plan to resign at the end of the current school year.

Johnston told the Tioga newspaper that he let the community down.

He says he should have responded to the situation by insisting on law enforcement presence in the school rather than bringing a gun to school grounds.

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