110 Texas School Districts Already Allow Teachers to Carry Guns
In the wake of the latest school massacre people are calling for gun control, armed guards, and some even for armed teachers. But did you know of the nearly 1,300 school districts in Texas, at least 110 allow staff to carry firearms on campus? This according to the Texas Association of School Boards.
You may have seen pictures of warning signs posted outside several Texas schools being shared on social media this past week. Medina Independent School District has a sign outside of its building that reads, “Please be aware that the staff at Medina ISD may be armed and will use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”
Fox San Antonio is reporting that Hunt ISD, located west of Austin, did confirm that some staff members have been armed since 2013.
"They [the school board] just felt like that it would enable us to keep our students safe based on the long possible wait time of getting law enforcement here,” Superintendent Crystal Dockery said. She went on to say that the board made the decision to allow some staff members to be armed because it could take anywhere from one minute to 20 minutes for law enforcement to arrive since the county is large. For safety reasons, she could not share which teachers or how many are armed. Only she and local law enforcement know that information.
If someone is approved to carry, they go through a psychological assessment very similar to a school marshal program that's allowed here in Texas,” Dockery said. “They also have to have a CHL and they would also go through training with law enforcement in our area.