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    Finally, someone gets it….Texas School District to allow teachers to carry concealed handguns.August 17th, 2008

    A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to pass a law specifically allowing teachers and staff to pack heat when classes begin later this month.[/b]

    Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.

    Superintendent David Thweatt told FOXNews.com the policy was initiated because of safety concerns.

    “We have had employees assaulted before by people in the last several years,” Thweatt said. “I think that safety is big concern. We are seeing a lot of anger in society.”

    He wouldn’t comment further on the nature of the assaults.

    The Texas superintendent linked gun-free zones with the uprising of school shootings in recent years.

    “When you make schools gun-free zones, it’s like inviting people to come in and take advantage,” Thweatt told FOXNews.com.

    In order for teachers and staff to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized to carry by the district; must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and must use ammunition that is designed to minimize the risk of ricochet in school halls.



    Thweatt said the small community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff’s office, leaving students and teachers without protection. He said the district’s lone campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287, which could make it a target.

    The kindergarten through 12th grade school district is home to 110 students.

    Thweatt said officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change. He said the district also has various other security measures in place to prevent a school shooting.

    “The naysayers think [a shooting] won’t happen here,” Thweatt 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.”

    He told FOXNews.com he doesn’t think students will think twice about the new policy.

    “I hope they forget all about it,” he said. “We want them to pay attention [to their school work].”

    Texas law outlaws firearms on school campuses “unless pursuant to the written regulations or written authorization of the institution.”

    While the district’s plan shot them into the national spotlight, carrying guns to school is nothing new some states. In Utah, the law allows anyone with a permit to carry a gun in public schools and state institutions of higher education.

    It was unclear how many of the 50 or so teachers and staff members will be armed this fall because Thweatt did not disclose that information, to keep it from students or potential attackers.

    Wilbarger County Sheriff Larry Lee did not immediately return a call placed to his office by FOXNews.com.

    Barbara Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Association of School Boards, said her organization did not know of another district with such a policy. Ken Trump, a Cleveland-based school security expert who advises districts nationwide, including in Texas, said Harrold is the first district with such a policy.

    The district is 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth on the eastern end of Wilbarger County, near the Oklahoma border.


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    Didn't Utah pass this in 2003? Plus the law should allow any citizen to carry on school property, not just staff.
    Should be in the general forum.

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    zoom6zoom wrote:
    Didn't Utah pass this in 2003? Plus the law should allow any citizen to carry on school property, not just staff.
    Should be in the general forum.
    I just thought that it was such an important thing that I wanted to share it here. Many folks here remember the issues that we had with Henrico Public Schools refusing free firearms training for teachers and our donation to the PTA of a firearms safety class. Its refreshing to see a school administrator who understands things correctly. Any pro-gun /self defenseadvance should be welcomed.

    Mods - feel free to move it if you wish.
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    I wrote to the Superintendent:




    From: skidmark
    Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 3:16 PM
    To: david.thweatt@esc9.net
    Subject: Your new school safety policy

    Sir:


    Just a quick note to say "Congratulations" and "Well Done" on implementing your new school safety policy. It is my sincere hope that the press coverage that I am sure you will receive throughout the coming school year accurately reports on the absence of accidental shootings of students and staff, and of the utter lack of homicidal maniacs rampaging through yourschool buildings.


    Thank you for the courage to press forward with logic and determination.

    and got this reply back:
    Thank you for your supportive email. I have and will be sharing your thoughts with my staff and board of trustees. Your email was one of the many positive emails I have received—I’ve only received about three negatives out of about fifty. Please encourage others to stand up for the American values that have made the country great—taking responsibility for ourselves and protecting the lives of our innocents who are not able to defend themselves.

    God Bless America, and God bless you for your thoughtfulness,

    David Thweatt

    Superintendent

    Harrold ISD--Texas
    stay safe.

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    Wow - what a positive response!

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    With all the decadence, stupidity and ignorance the world is awash in, it is reassuring that there still are people who "get it" and do what they know to be right without being intimidated by adverse opinions.



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