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Texas: Two More Schools Will Allow Teachers To Carry Guns

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Two more Texas schools have decided to allow teachers to pack a gun to school. A school in the small town of Harrold has allowed educators with a concealed carry permit to bring weapons into the school since 2007. Louise and Ganado municipalities are two Texas schools which have most recently decided to permit guns in school for safety reasons.

Ganado Superintendent Jeff Black told KHOU-TV that the reasoning behind the decision is based upon making the district safe for both the students and the staff. Critics of the decision worry that armed teachers might create additional security concerns. There have been no reports of decreased safety of violent incidents at the Harrold school since teachers began carrying guns.

Realistically, teachers around the country could already be packing when they enter the classroom. Unless educators have to walk through a metal detector or submit to a search before entering the building, a multitude of guns could be quietly tucked away inside purses and book bags. In a Utopian society, everyone follows the rules. Since none of us reside at 1546 Utopia Drive, it is feasible to assume that not all teachers are waiting for school concealed carry policies to change.

Ganado appears to be a rather Norman Rockwell type area. The local police chief notes that no murders have occurred in the Texas town in 15 years, according to The Blaze. Teachers must garner approval from the school board before permission to bring gun into the building is granted. The identities of the gun-toting educators will be kept anonymous.

Union Grove Independent School District in Gladwater also approved a similar policy. Due to the number of Texas schools implementing or considering concealed carry privileges for teachers, state officials are pondering new training programs. If the current law is expanded, special training standards and funding avenues for school districts permitting guns on campus could be permitted.

The current Texas gun law requires schools to have written permission for gun carrying on campus. To date, five public schools in the states are allowed to arm teachers.

Do you think allowing teachers to carry guns will increase school safety?

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33 Responses to “Texas: Two More Schools Will Allow Teachers To Carry Guns”

  1. Brenda Culver-Kramer

    we have to protect the kids and the staff pure and simple. If a criminal is going to bring a semi automatic or shotgun into a school. Everyone there is helpless. At least with concealed carry a teacher or principle stands a chance at stopping these insane people from killing helpless babies. Signs saying no guns in school really don't scare the criminal away. Knowing there are staff members packing, that scares the criminal away.

  2. Joan Wilcox

    Why is this bizarre? This is life only now the criminals feel empowered to do anything they wish to the citizens of this country as the system has gone soft on crime and the criminals have more rights than the victims. It is time to take back our streets and our schools and not blame their life or lack of on the rest of society so what that they had a bad mom they know right from wrong by the time they are 13 or so even earlier. I don;t get it that we can't protect our children the same way that we protect those who try to take the protection away from us.

  3. Scott Winterstein

    This will be all well and good until one of those armed Teachers kills a student with it, anyone can become frustrated and do a horrible thing out of anger.

  4. Becky Burkman

    I think that teachers that have concealed carry permit should be allowed. They know how to use it and how to be safe. Then again we can hire retired Vets to protect our kids cause they spent alot of there life protecting our country. We have alot of unemployed vets out there who needs jobs and just to fit in again. Just another suggestion.

  5. Scott Winterstein

    This will be all well and good until one of those armed Teachers kills a student with it, anyone can become frustrated and do a horrible thing out of anger.

  6. Lola Aileen Vanslette

    Responsible gun owners don't fly off the handle and pull a gun when they get frustrated any more than a black belt in martial arts would use karate on a student. It's all about self-control. Too many people are so paranoid they can't see that.

  7. Lola Aileen Vanslette

    Joan Wilcox You can't blame it on bad parentage. The best parents in the world can't control a psychopath. They are born, not made. When you have a child devoid of a conscience, nothing a parent can do can change that. The mental healthcare system is worthless and untreated individuals are self-medicating. These are the issues, not whether there are guns available. If there weren't, people would still be killing people, like the man in China who attacked school children with a knife. Where there is evil, there will always be evil. It isn't the guns, it's the people behind the guns. And that is, more likely than not, not the parents fault.

  8. Scott Winterstein

    Its the irresponsible gun owners, I am talking about. Or else where are all the weapons coming from that are being used in some of these horrible crimes that are being reported. I may add not all are being reported. There is much more that occur without you ever reading or seeing it on the news. Just because a tree falls in the Forrest and no one hears it don't mean it didn't fall.

  9. JuLeah Willson

    So, now a person won't have to bring their own weapon to school if they want to kill people. They can take a gun from teacher's handbag, or pick it up off the counter in the washroom where it was accidently left.

  10. JuLeah Willson

    Except shootings have happened in schools where there were armed guards, and people with weapons… didn't help

    Mainly because guns won't keep you safe

    More guns there, greater chance of more deaths

  11. Scott Winterstein

    Its the irresponsible gun owners, I am talking about. Or else where are all the weapons coming from that are being used in some of these horrible crimes that are being reported. I may add not all are being reported. There is much more that occur without you ever reading or seeing it on the news. Just because a tree falls in the Forrest and no one hears it don't mean it didn't fall.

  12. Laura Yepthatsme

    I agree with this however it does raise some concern for a chance that a staff member could easily over reaction to what might look to be suspicious but really be just harmless and fire a weapon at an adult or child. Also the fact that there is an equal rise in violence towards students from teachers itself. (sexual, mental and physical). Teachers who carry a gun should have to undergo an evaluation, training in tactics, procedures, knowledge, handling, risks and use. A more in depth background check into the teachers lives and lifestyle. Use screenings such as the military uses like a security clearance.

  13. Laura Yepthatsme

    Just to say some is permitted to carry a weapon doesn't mean they know how to use it or when it is acceptable to use it. You've got to know how to realize when a real risk is present vs. a hoax. Many children like to play pranks on people. Some have been shot when joking acting as though they had a gun when they had nothing or used a bee bee gun or just a cheap toy. I own a gun and I was trained to use it that doesn't mean if a risks arises that I wouldn't freeze up or misfire. You need to train for such scenarios like a fire drill or tornado or flooding or any disaster. You need to be trained to put aside emotions so that you limit the chance of freezing or misfiring. Fact = Majority of people under extreme or frightening stress do not always make rational decision put themselves and others at greater risks and could cost the lives of others including their own life. you can find that information posted from the Search and Rescue teams – I found this information in a readers digest book.

  14. Timothy Horan

    I think your suggestion of hiring retired vets is a far superior option to allowing teachers to carry guns. The bottom line is that having a concealed weapon permit in no way implies that a person has experience in a combat situation – I could go apply for a concealed permit right now and I could probably count the number of times I've shot a handgun on one of my hands. I believe that the far better solution to this new policy would be to divert some tax dollars into the budget of the local PD so the cops can receive tactical training in how best to respond to a school shooting. Let the professionals do their jobs. For police, that involves using deadly force to end a shootout if needed. For teachers, that involves TEACHING KIDS – not playing Rambo and potentially shooting a student who they mistakenly think is a threat.

  15. Timothy Horan

    "a staff member could easily over reaction to what might look to be suspicious but really be just harmless and fire a weapon at an adult or child"

    This is exactly why this is a terrible idea. Even if some teachers have had combat training in their lives (military, former police officer, etc), the majority of teachers have not had combat training and law enforcement is not a job that they are actively practicing. Having an untrained teacher in a stressful situation is going to greatly increase the likelihood of a 'friendly fire' incident and it is not going to make a school shooter any less likely to walk in and start pulling the trigger. Spend some tax dollars on training the local PD. Give resources to the men and women whose job it is to deploy deadly force as needed. Do not give the authority to use deadly force to a group of people who have no knowledge or practice in how to use it.

  16. Timothy Horan

    Allowing teachers with (likely) no combat experience walking around with guns in a school is just asking for trouble. The chance that any one particular school anywhere in the country is going to have a shooting is incredibly low. It seems much more likely that an overzealous teacher, who happens to now have a gun strapped to their belt, is going to see or hear something that they believe to be a deadly situation and they are going to deploy a weapon in a school when the situation really does not warrant it. All it takes is a split second for an untrained person with a gun to perceive a threat, pull out their gun, and shoot somebody. How is the administration of this school going to explain to a parent of a dead student that they were shot and killed by their teacher when a car backfired and the teacher panicked and thought it was a gun?

    If a school thinks there is an elevated chance of a shooting happening on their campus, then I think the much better solution is to spend some tax dollars on sending the local PD to a tactical training program. Train the professionals what to do in an emergency situation. Law enforcement, and particularly the use of deadly force, is not the expertise of teachers. Put the focus on improving the skills of the professionals and let the teachers do what they are trained to do……TEACH KIDS!

  17. Laura Yepthatsme

    Timothy Horan I posted this on another persons status about 20 minutes ago also "Just to say some is permitted to carry a weapon doesn't mean they know how to use it or when it is acceptable to use it. You've got to know how to realize when a real risk is present vs. a hoax. Many children like to play pranks on people. Some have been shot when joking acting as though they had a gun when they had nothing or used a bee bee gun or just a cheap toy. I own a gun and I was trained to use it that doesn't mean if a risks arises that I wouldn't freeze up or misfire. You need to train for such scenarios like a fire drill or tornado or flooding or any disaster. You need to be trained to put aside emotions so that you limit the chance of freezing or misfiring. Fact = Majority of people under extreme or frightening stress do not always make rational decision put themselves and others at greater risks and could cost the lives of others including their own life. you can find that information posted from the Search and Rescue teams – I found this information in a readers digest book."

  18. Timothy Horan

    I would agree with Scott here. Introducing armed civilians with (likely) no combat experience into a public school is creating far more risk than it is going to ever prevent. In the extremely unlikely scenario that any one public school is going to have a mass shooting occur, then what are the chances that a local 8th grade gym teacher is going to (a) be within close proximity to the shooter (b) happen to have their loaded gun on their person at that very moment (c) have the courage/training/expertise to deploy that weapon and subdue the gunman without causing any collateral damage?

    It's far more likely that the gun is going to be used in any number of inappropriate situations either by the teacher or by a student who finds themselves in possession of the gun. I have no problem with handguns, assault weapons, or oversized magazines if they are being used by professionals who are trained in combat situations. A teacher is not a professional trained in combat situations, and as such they should not be toting around a gun as if they are qualified to use it.

  19. Laura Yepthatsme

    I wouldn't say that I am against guns being permitted on school grounds I just don't agree that it should be in the hands of those who are not properly trained with the skills and experience to handle a situation like a shooting. If a teacher was a veteran who has years of experience in the military and combat then yes I'd be okay with it and/or assigning jobs to those who want "desk jobs" in the military to schools around the US as guards, surveillance in all rooms, windows and doors, metal detectors at all entrances and maybe arming the school with smoke grenades and pellet grenades something that wouldn't cause much harm to the innocent but would blind/distract a shooter or shooters.

  20. Laura Yepthatsme

    Some students idealize their teachers as well and could very well think it is okay to bring a weapon to school themselves and use the weapon. Not to mention schools done really look into anyone they hire, there has been cases where some schools have hired convicted pedophiles and others with mental disorders such as schizophrenia and MPD but don't realize it until after an incident occurs. Schools should be under laws granted the resources and funding needed to screen each and every employee of such like any Government official would for their employees. Even with trained local PD there has been cases of misfire when one over reacted.

  21. Brenda Culver-Kramer

    Juleah Wilson, no one was armed at Sandy Hook and I dont believe Columbine either.