Guns On Campus Not New To Some Texas Schools

Cameron Fairchild
March 22, 2018 - 2:07 pm
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There are a lot of guns in Texas schools today, in the hands of teachers. And you may be surprised at how long those guns have been on campus.

The Harrold school district, near the Texas-Oklahoma border, started arming teachers and administrators more than a decade ago. The district superintendent started the policy because, best-case, it takes the Sheriff a quarter-of-an-hour to respond to any emergency call. 

Now nearly 200 Texas school districts arm their teachers. 

Texas schools have two options if they want to arm staff members. The Guardian Plan allows local school boards to determine training standards and authorize specific employees to carry on campus at all times. The School Marshal Program also allows local boards to authorize employees, but they must be specially trained and licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and cannot carry their weapons around students. 

According to the Texas Association of School Boards, although it's too expensive for most districts, about 150 have their own police departments, and more than 250 districts hire so-called 'school resource officers'.