Friday, August 15, 2008

This could prove interesting - teachers can carry guns at a Texas school

With the rash of school shootings in recent years I think this is a good idea: Texas school district to let teachers carry guns.

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."
Teachers who wish to bring guns will have to be certified to carry a concealed handgun in Texas and get crisis training and permission from school officials, he said.


According to this site there are only 13 teachers. I wonder how many of them will be packing this fall? If more schools allowed teachers certified to carry a concealed handgun to teacher, I expect the number of students murdered from school shootings would drop. Of course in some schools the students might try to get hold of the guns.

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Brian Dunbar said...

Of course in some schools the students might try to get hold of the guns.

True. But kids who would do that would find it easier to bring them from home.

Henry Cate said...


I think this is a good idea. I am afraid a bunch of people will attack it on spurious grounds.

Hall Monitor said...

This story made! It's #1 for crazy school news like this.

Anonymous said...

I don't know. with teachers and kids carrying guns it might be like the wild wild west in Texas.

Henry Cate said...

The Wild West has a reputation for being lawless. I remember reading that someone had compared the crime statistics between the West in the late 1800s and the East during the same time period. They found that on a per capita basis there were more crimes, and more series crimes, in the East.

Despite what the movies portray, the West was a pretty civilized place.