As Texas lawmakers — with the governor’s blessing — consider whether teachers should be allowed to have guns in schools, one north Texas district already has them. News 92 FM’s Bonnie Petrie has more on this story:
Harrold Independent School District superintendant David Thweatt says they decided to allow some teachers to have concealed weapons after the Virginia Tech Massacre and the amish school shooting in which a milk delivery man did the killing. He says Harrold ISD’s security at the time would have allowed a delivery man into the school without question, and then students, faculty and staff would have been unprotected from a possible shooting rampage, so he decided they needed a better plan.
They call it the guardian plan in which specially-trained teachers who have a concealed-carry license can have their weapons at school. He says since the plan went into effect in 2008, no teacher has had to use a gun. He thinks there are a couple of reasons for that.
He believes the fact that someone who might do harm knows they might face armed resistance in a Harrold school is especially important.
Thweat says arming teachers was the best plan for his district because it is a small, rural district about 30 minutes from any emergency responders. He also says arming teachers is also more cost-effective for them than having armed guards at every school.
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