Texas Teachers Can Carry Guns To School To Protect Themselves
August 17, 2008 Leave a comment
Has America officially gone mad? A policy is now in place to allow teachers and staff at a Texas school to carry firearms for protection. The reason - proctect themselves from school shootings because the nearest sheriff’s office is 30 miles away! I guess the security guards are a waste of time.
This is what happens when authority is taken away from teachers. And to think that some folks in this country want corporal punishment abolish when the Education Act clearly states that only a principal or a senior teacher can hit a child. Where are the statistics to show that students are unfairly dealt with? Thank God the principals had their say on that matter. The older generation must always have that sense of control and authority to guide, shape and mould the younger generation for the world tomorrow. Take that away and we are in for some miserable times ahead.
A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to allow teachers and staff to pack guns for protection when classes begin later this month, a newspaper reported.
Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.
In order for teachers and staff to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized to carry by the district; must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and have to use ammunition that is designed to minimize the risk of ricochet in school halls.
Superintendent David Thweatt said the small community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff’s office, leaving students and teachers without protection. He said the district’s lone campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287, which could make it a target.
“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ‘em’ to a dog,” Thweatt said in Friday’s online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Thweatt said officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change. He said the district also has various other security measures in place to prevent a school shooting.
“The naysayers think (a shooting) won’t happen here. If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them,” Thweatt said