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Texas School District First to Allow Teachers to Tote Guns

Harrold Independent School District in Texas will be the first to allow teachers to tote guns in class


Texas is a state that is never shy of giving the rest of the nation a “shock appeal.” They have the fastest speed limit in the nation (85 mph), they spearheaded the petition to secede from the nation following President Obama’s re-election, and now they will have the first school district with gun-toting teachers.

Last October, trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change to allow employees to carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, as long as the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements. Texas law outlaws firearms on school campuses “unless pursuant to the written regulations or written authorization of the institution.”

 Superintendent David Thweatt said the policy was initiated because of safety concerns. “We have had employees assaulted before by people in the last several years,” Thweatt said. “I think that safety is big concern. We are seeing a lot of anger in society.” He didn’t comment on the nature of the assaults, but attributes gun-free zones to the surge of school shootings in recent years. “When you make schools gun-free zones, it’s like inviting people to come in and take advantage,” Thweatt said. Thweatt says the community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff’s office, which leaves students and teachers without protection. He believes his district could be a target for a school shooting because its campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287.

In order to tote a weapon, teachers and staff  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 use ammunition that is designed to minimize the risk of ricochet in school halls.

The K-12 school district is home to 110 students.

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