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One school in Texas allows its teachers to carry guns to class. Could your kid's school be next?


Effective this fall, schoolteachers in Texas will be allowed to carry guns to class.

Due to recent school shootings in the United States, the board of the Harrold Independent School District approved the plan, making it the first district to adopt such a policy.

But why allow guns in school, even if kids have no access to them? Safety.

According to the school superintendent, David Thweatt, "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."

Another pro-gun argument: The small community of Harrold in is a 30-minute drive from the Wilbarger County Sheriff's Office, leaving students and teachers without immediate protection if an emergency arose. The school campus also sits near a busy highway, which may make it a target.

At one time, the U.S. Congress forbid guns at all schools, but the U.S. Supreme Court opposed the law, leaving it to state and local communities to adopt their own laws. Currently, Texas bans guns at schools without the school's permission.

But it won't happen easily: Teachers will have to get certified to carry a concealed handgun in Texas, receive crisis training and permission from school officials, and carry ammunition designed to minimize the risk of ricocheting bullets.

"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can't defend themselves? That's like saying 'sic 'em' to a dog," Thweatt said.

"The naysayers think (a shooting) won't happen here. If something were to happen here, I'd much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them," Thweatt said.

It isn't clear how many of the 50 teachers will be armed this fall because Thweatt didn't publicize that information-- to protect students from potential attackers.

So far, none of the parents have objected to the new policy.

Would you allow your child to go to a school where teachers carry guns?

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CK1 August 19, 2008, 9:18 AM

It is sad what has happened in our school system. It is unfortunate that our children and teachers do not feel safe anymore. And, it’s not from terrorists from another country but from our own children. I don’t agree nor disagree with teachers carrying guns. I just think it is terribly sad that teachers feel they need to. Parents, please, raise your children to be good decent human beings that respect life. Pay attention to what they are doing and who they hang out with. The responsibility of protecting our children lies on us, first. If you feel your child needs psychological help then for goodness sakes do it. Don’t just hope they will get over “this phase”. And, please, don’t teach your children violence. There is another way. Love and compassion for others.

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