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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

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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.”

 Superintendent David Thweatt said the policy was initiated because of safety concerns. ”We have had employees a*******d 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.

How do you feel about teachers and staff toting guns to school?

44 Responses to Texas School District First to Allow Teachers to Tote Guns

  1. Anja Reply

    December 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Shirley,

    What a great idea!!! But with the Obama administration and the progressive and atheist movements push to eradicate all things religious from the public square, it will never happen – at least for the next four years.

    Either the American people are blind to the “changing winds” and the war on religion and faith in this country or they have chosen to overlook this very important phenomenon at the expense of the morals and values for current and future generations of children.

    It seems that any profane or pornographic activity is perfectly fine, but there is outrage at the sight of a nativity scene that has been displayed for over a hundred years or prayer before a sporting event but they cheer as the teams b**t the c**p out of each other and, occasionally, a player even dies in one of these “gladiator battles.”

    We profess to be a nation of God but is becoming increasingly secular and salacious with legal non-medicinal drug use in several states, the almost maniacal push to legalize gay marriage and expand gay rights, the demonization of traditional marriage, religion and people of faith, and the encroachment of our national sovereignty and borders by illegal immigrants and their surrogates with seemingly no respect for American laws and values.

    I have said it time and time again that we are on the precarious slippery slope and the people we look to for national, spiritual and moral leadership are actual “change agents” for our transformation into a perfidious nation with the individual pursuit of hedonism as our “Godly purpose.”

    There is nothing remotely Godly about that and if we continue down this path of a diminishing collective moral conscience with adults acting more entitled and immature than their juvenile charges, we can expect more chaos and mayhem not only in our schools, but all across the spectrum.

    We have abandoned our moral compass. We know better but we want to be “progressive” not anachronistic or antiquated. After all, anything old and traditional cannot possibly be of value in a culture that craves constant relevancy and re-definition.

    But, some things span time and remain culturally relevant and valuable. It is best we learn this lesson before it is too late.

  2. Shirley P. Cornelious Reply

    December 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    How about leaving guns out of schools and putting prayer back in!!

  3. Shirley P. Cornelious Reply

    December 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

    How about leaving guns out of schools and putting prayer back in!!

  4. Pamela Reply

    December 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I hope the children are safe and protected. The teachers maybe careless with concealing them and we loose a child that way. win and loose situation about it.

  5. James Hill Reply

    December 20, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Not sure how I feel about this.

  6. DaTruth Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Yep, that is definitely the solution! More & more guns. Why stop at arming the teachers? Why not arm all the children, the janitors, the cafeteria workers, the social workers etc.? Everbody should b packin. That way if someone looks at u the wrong way, steps on ur toe accidentally, moves ahead of u n line at the supermarket, cuts u off n traffic etc., u can jes take out ur glott & smoke em. Civilization or barbarism?

  7. Naura Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    People who can think straight see the brilliance of having teachers carry guns in school. Had just one teacher had a gun in Newtown, she would have killed the killer before he killed her and all those kids. Read the statistics — in Israel, where they are surrounded by people wanting to k**l them, teachers carry guns and there are no killings in schools. If citizens there didn’t carry guns, there would be more violence than there is. And without citizens having guns, the government with guns can take over totally, as we saw Hitler and Stalin do as they killed millions of people who could’nt defend themselves.

  8. Naura Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    People who can think straight see the brilliance of having teachers carry guns in school. Had just one teacher had a gun in Newtown, she would have killed the killer before he killed her and all those kids. Read the statistics — in Israel, where they are surrounded by people wanting to k**l them, teachers carry guns and there are no killings in schools. If citizens there didn’t carry guns, there would be more violence than there is. And without citizens having guns, the government with guns can take over totally, as we saw Hitler and Stalin do as they killed millions of people who could’nt defend themselves.

  9. Naura Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    People who can think straight see the brilliance of having teachers carry guns in school. Had just one teacher had a gun in Newtown, she would have killed the killer before he killed her and all those kids. Read the statistics — in Israel, where they are surrounded by people wanting to k**l them, teachers carry guns and there are no killings in schools. If citizens there didn’t carry guns, there would be more violence than there is. And without citizens having guns, the government with guns can take over totally, as we saw Hitler and Stalin do as they killed millions of people who could’nt defend themselves.

  10. david j Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I am a former marine and a teacher. If I can defend my country with a weapon, then I should be able to de
    fend innocent children in within my classroom. NUFF SAID!

    • Satchel Reply

      December 21, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Until we can control who can have these military styled automatic weapons, even G.I. Joe/Melvin Tolson could not protect a room full of children and himself from an attack of this nature. This has to be dealt with on many fronts with many actions to get a sensible solution, but you in the classroom strapped down with an assault weapon is not one of them. Except in the movies!

  11. david j Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I am a former marine and a teacher. If I can defend my country with a weapon, then I should be able to de
    fend innocent children in within my classroom. NUFF SAID!

  12. Herman Hawkins Jr. Reply

    December 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

    While I support the right to keep and bear arms within one’s domain and in general public places, there are two places were they do NOT belong:(1)Schools and (2)Churches. Places of education and spirituality are places of serenity where guns are NOT needed. Guns clearly the disturb the fabric of peace and schools and churches are SACRED GROUNDS. Gov. Rick Snyder in my home state of Michigan got it right to veto legislation allowing guns in those places. Let’s have sensible policy on this issue and not be renegades like the state Texas, which is used to being just that.

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