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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.”
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.