A retired sheriff's deputy fired for refusing to stop carrying a gun while working in a Medford school says he wanted to be prepared in case the children's safety was threatened.
Donald Later told The Mail Tribunethat he didn't apply for the job as a part-time bus monitor to push for gun rights. But while going through training he was struck by the emphasis put on the children's safety.
He adds that he feels he is entitled, under the law, to carry a gun in school as a law enforcement officer, even though he is retired.
But Medford Schools Superintendent Bill Long says the school district needs to know that someone responsible for the safety of students will follow school rules.