Headline: Texas school district lets staffers carry concealed weapons to class
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, trustees at the the Harrold Independent School District in northern Texas voted to allow teachers to bring handguns on campus when classes start this month, as long as they meet licensing and other requirements.
David Thweatt, superintendent of the 110-student district, told the newspaper they adopted this policy because of shooting sprees at Virginia Tech, the Amish school and other educational institutions.
"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started," Thweatt is quoted as saying. "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 district did not rush into the decision. Officials researched the policy and weighed other options for about a year before trustees voted on the policy in October.
"The naysayers think [a shooting] won’t happen here," he said. "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."
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