EAGLE POINT, Ore. -

A citizens advisory panel has advised a Southern Oregon school board against arming teachers.

The Eagle Point board set up the committee last summer when Board Chairman Scott Grissom proposed organizing teachers and other staff members to protect students from violence.

The district would provide training, pay and insurance for approved employees to carry arms during school hours, at events and at board meetings.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports the 20-member panel was overwhelmingly against that idea.

But the members split on allowing teachers who have permits to carry weapons at school. School policy now prohibits that.

Grissom said he was "a bit disappointed" at the committee's advice. He said he hopes to persuade others on the five-member school board at least to remove the prohibition against carrying arms.