Another Texas School District To Allow Employees To Carry Guns On Campus

Steven Pickering
October 19, 2018 - 8:10 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Edna ISD in south Texas is joining the Guardian Plan, which allows specially-trained employees to carry guns on campus. The district is also buying protective gear for those school guardians to use in the event of an emergency.

"The Guardian Plan has been something we've really thought long and hard through. It's not something that we ever thought that we would be going down this road," said Edna ISD Superintendent Robert O'Connor. He said the district had held several community meetings and gotten feedback from parents before joining the program.

Edna is a town of just over 5,000 located in Jackson County, and O'Connor said the rural nature of the school district makes it well-suited for the program.

The school district announced this week that it would be buying ballistic vests from a company called Unequal to provide to the staffers who become the school guardians. Superintendent O'Connor said those vests would both protect the employees and allow first-responders to identify them during an emergency. "If we're going to have something that they put on that identifies them at the time of the lockdown, then we'd like to have something that serves a dual purpose...that also gives them some protection. This particular vest is lightweight. It stops bullets going both ways...and it is able to be folded up and placed in a desk drawer or in a file cabinet, being able to be hidden until needed."

The Edna ISD has made other improvements as part of its overall campus safety plan, including adding counselors and threat assessment groups.