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Texas School District To Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

Posted by Admin on August 19, 2008

A small Northern Texas School District has voted to allow teachers to carry guns when classes resume later this month. If the plan goes through they will be the first in the nation to take this step to protect the defenseless children and adults in our public schools.

[Most schools are required to establish a “Gun-Free School Zone” which renders everyone inside the schools unarmed and defenseless against intruders and attackers.  If you would like to read a little more about the Gun-Free School Zones Act(s), and why they leave our students like sitting ducks for criminals, please see my previous posting on this topic – Gun-Free School Zone Laws Put Children At Increased Risk – there are a ton of links for further information after the article on that page.]

I for one am very happy there is at least one groups of administrators in this country that is taking the threats against our school seriously.  Terrorists, for one, have made it clear that schools are a target – an easy target for causing maximum damage.  This fact is known by the U.S. Government, and the Department of Education who have issued nationwide warnings related to this threat (see this .PDF file written by the DoE: http://www.schoolsecurity.org/finalbeslanletter100604.pdf ).

One only has to remember the Beslan School Massacre to understand what can happen to a defenseless group of people who are attacked by terrorist groups.  And, if you don’t think terrorists are trying to develop cells here in the U.S., please see the following map of The Terrorist Network in America, 1991-2007 published by the Invstigative Project on Terrorism.

With the spate of violence in our US Schools involving weapons, it is imperitive that teachers and administrators have some way to protect their students.  One can remember Columbine, and the Platte Canyon Tragedy* – just two of the horrible incidents in recent memory – and can wonder what could’ve been different had the teachers been able to stop the murderous criminals who preyed on the innocent and unarmed students and teachers.

You can read all the details about the Texas School District’s decision on this matter in the articles which are excerpted and linked below…
[More links coming soon.  I will also try to keep track of this story so we can see how this school district handles the issue.]

* See the Special Reports Pages here at the LibertyRocks Blog for more information on some of the most recent cases of school violence.

MSM COVERAGE:

TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL LET TEACHERS CARRY GUNS

EXCERPT:
A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to pass a law specifically allowing teachers and staff to pack heat when classes begin later this month.

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.

Superintendent David Thweatt told FOXNews.com 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 wouldn’t comment further on the nature of the assaults.

The Texas superintendent linked gun-free zones with the uprising 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 told FOXNews.com.

In order for teachers and staff to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized

Texas School District Will Let Teachers Carry Guns
– by Michelle Maskaly & the Associated Press
– August 15, 2008 – FOXNews.com
– Fox Broadcasting Company – Los Angeles, California, USA –
< http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,404721,00.html >
–  Accessed on August 19, 2008)

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TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT TO LET TEACHERS CARRY GUNS (“It’s Just Common Sense”)

EXCERPT:

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district’s superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district’s superintendent, David Thweatt.

School experts backed Thweatt’s claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.

Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

“We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, ‘What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?” he said. “It’s just common sense.”

Texas School District to Let Teachers Carry Guns
– Reuters News @ Yahoo.com – August 15, 2008
– Reuters Group Limited – London, UK –
< http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080815/ts_nm/texas_guns_dc >
– Accessed on August 19, 2008

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NORTH TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL LET TEACHERS CARRY GUNS

EXCERPT:

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.

North Texas School District Will Let Teachers Carry Guns
– Associated Press – The Houston Chronicle – August 15, 2008
– Hearst Corporation – Houston, Texas, US –
<http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5945430.html&gt;
Accessed on August 19, 2008

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2 Responses to “Texas School District To Allow Teachers to Carry Guns”

  1. Brad Newman said

    Ok, but make sure there are trigger locks with keys under personal care at all times and that only teachers that have physical strength to ward off would be attackers are allowed to carry the guns.

    One thing I cannot understand is why no one in the U.S. has put their brain to work on this problem?

    I mean we spend billions on other nations and we are willing (well, some anyway) to bail out Wall Street for 700 billion, but no one can do the following in our scholls for a few pennies?

    Create one entrance in and out of the school with a police officer and a metal detector – yeah, during real fire alarms and other emergencies, people can leave by all the other exits. I can hear the complaints now about how people will have to walk all the way around the building for other building entrances/functions – then get a metal detector and armed police office at that location as well. Sure there may be intricacies that need to be worked out, but not rocket science by any means – actually, a good education in reading, writing, and arithmetic should help solve this dilemma.

    I wonder if the intent at this Texas school district to make all parents seriously take another look at home schooling?

    By the way, is this school district close to where Madalyn Murray O’Hair last lived? Looks like she got her way…

  2. Admin said

    Hi Brad,

    Thank you very much for your comment.

    The only thing I disagree about is trigger locks. There is no need for a trigger lock if the guns are in the hands of a responsible person. The point being – if the guns are in the office for example locked up. Or the teacher needs to take a moment and get out their key, and take off the trigger lock, in order to be “ready” to defend their students, the criminal has a very good opportunity to gain control of the situation. Those carrying a weapon need to be ready at all times to use that weapon. And, a trigger lock would make it useless.

    I do think a great many schools have put in place a LOT of security protocols since Columbine. There are lock-down procedures, and the suggestion you made about only one entrance is in fact done in a great many schools already. This is a very good thing.

    I’m not sure how this would make people look into homeschooling, and I don’t see why the school district would want that (it would mean less revenue for them).

    I’m not familiar with Madalyn Murray O’Hare, personally. I’ll have to look her up. 🙂

    Have a great week, Brad. And thanks again for the comment!

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