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Texas School Allows Teachers To Carry Guns

December 20, 2012  | 

A Texas school superintendent defended his district's policy of allowing teachers to carry concealed handguns, telling the Star-Telegram that his schools couldn't wait for deputies during an active shooter event.

Harrold Independent School District Superintendent David Thweatt implemented the policy, called the "Guardian Plan," in August 2008. The district became the first in the country to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons if they get a license and board approval.

The 110-student K-12 school district is 30 minutes away from the nearest sheriff's station.

Tags: Campus Safety, Concealed Carry


Comments (12)

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Rick @ 12/20/2012 3:23 PM

I applaud this administrators decision. Congress and the President need to enacte the National Reciprocity for CCW that liberals have stalled for many years; allow citizens to defend themselves. Boxer's idea of using national guard soldiers is stupid, especially since she and Feinstein have CCW permits themselves.

ASI Inst. @ 12/20/2012 3:41 PM

This is the REAL solution to the problem. History has shown these cowards dont want a fair fight and kill themselves when LE arrives. Let the teacher pack guns and these guys will not come to our schools. ANd even if one is brave enough to try, the fight will be over very quick with a lot less casualties.

Kenneth Burns @ 12/20/2012 4:21 PM

If I still had kids in school they would be at this school, I do think I'm going to move to TX

RICHARD ISAACS @ 12/20/2012 5:30 PM

AN IDEA CAN GET BEHIND AND SUPPORT. MR. THWEATT I HOPE YOUR SEEKING FOR A CAREER IN POLITICS. SERIOUSLY!

Tom Ret @ 12/20/2012 8:27 PM

I'm glad to see someone with some common sense dealing with this problem. I've noticed that common sense is in short supply in California.

Yooper @ 12/21/2012 3:30 AM

Mr. Thweatt, I applaud your forward thinking. He has a realistic approach at protecting his students, considering the delayed response that is anticipated in such a remote school district.

USA @ 12/21/2012 7:09 AM

for Superintendent Thweatt - you definately have the right title SUPER- Thank you for having the courage to stand up for the protection of the children, and adults in your care! I totally agree that teachers that have the TRAINING & CCW should be allowed to carry in schools! I have continually told folks that get in the "Gun" conversations with me - IF THE LAW ABIDING CITIZEN HAS A CCW, then just maybe the criminals would think twice before committing the crime! They would sure look at us "older folks" as not being such easy targets if we started carrying and were able to fight back!

John @ 12/21/2012 10:27 AM

For the cost of one s.r.o., school district police officer or even an armed security guard, several staff members and/or community volunteers could be trainind in defensive pistol, defensive tactics and less lethal weapons. Israel utilizes alot of security/police volunteers.

Parker @ 12/25/2012 6:07 PM

We need to stop being a country of soft targets, this is one of the first steps toward that goal.

Double K @ 1/1/2013 4:31 PM

I am proud to be a Texan, not so much to be an American as of late, but hopefully things will change nationwide like they already are in our great state. I am a 33 year veteran peace officer in Texas and one of several of our department's firearms instructors. I totally support Superintendent Thweatt in arming some of his teachers with concealed handguns with a strong regiment of firearms training at least bi-annually with professional instructors.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/13/2013 7:22 AM

I can't wait to see how this will play out when one of two things happen. A child dsicovers a hidden handgun and a student threatens to kill a teacher (verbally) and is killed by that teacher. In Florida it would be a justified killing uner the stand your ground law if you feel as though the threat was to your life. Kids are aging faster then ever before, I have seen male 4th graders with mustaches and bigger than a grown man. If I was threatened with bodily harm by one of these "children" and I was armed I would not hesitate to take action to protect myself. I can see real problems coming up this road.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/13/2013 7:34 AM

Normal people (not LEO's) don't think about; liability, aim, justification for use of force issues. They also have no idea how far a bullet would travel within a school building. They aren't supposed to think about these issues. If you want them to have all this liability then pay them a lot more, pay for their training and like we get in Law Enforcement have in-service training every month on laws and liabilities. If I were a teacher and I was told I had to carry a gun, I'd need to be paid a lot more money and have enhanced retirement benefits and medical coverage. The next logical step is to provide teachers with bullet proof vests to help protect them as they protect the children. Real tactical training on use of cover and when not to shoot is mandatory for police and should be for teachers too. They must qualify at least three times a year the same as police with any handgun they decide to carry. If any child is accidentally shot or killed due to the use of teacher's own handgun that teacher must be completely free from liability and the liability should rest completely with the state where this teacher works.

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