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Pistol-packin' teachers...

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HARROLD, Texas — 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.

Texas law outlaws firearms on school campuses "unless pursuant to the written regulations or written authorization of the institution." ...

North Texas school district will let teachers carry guns | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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Hey Jayhawk, should the black teachers (and yes they really do exist) be allowed to bring firearms ?

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While I believe in self defense, this has got to be one of the most retarded things I have seen in a good while. The opportunities for conclusions resulting from unintended consequence far outweigh any security concerns.


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I think in Jayhawk's world, they'd be required to take a loyalty oath and have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet
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Lets face it, American gun laws are a joke and they are making it worse. Instead of addressing the gun law problem you have chosen to fight fire with fire

School teachers carrying guns? Instead of protecting the children you are inviting more trouble. Why not beef up school security and arm them.

I am sure the school teachers carry enough stress and if one of them snaps?


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