December 21, 2012
Harrold, Texas – As the nation considers gun control laws, Texas already arms its teachers with concealed carry permits for guns as a solution to preventing school shootings like in Newtown, Connecticut. The small Texas district of Harrold is the first district with such an “arm the teachers” policy in the nation. The surprising part is not that an American school is arming its teachers…the surprising part is that they already have been doing so for five years!
Back in 2008, David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District, explained to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram why school officials approved this “arm the teachers” policy after researching and considering other options for about a year:
“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. 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.”
The rules that the school board voted unanimously on are also very strict. For teachers 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 must only carry ammunition designed to minimize the risk of ricocheting bullets, which is what air marshals do on airplanes.
This article was posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:04 am