'I feel protected': Texas school district has armed its educators for years

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 25, 2018

In the Coeur D'Alene school district, one armed officer (from the Coeur D'Alene Police Department or Kootenai County Sheriff's Office) oversees two to three schools in the district.

The teacher from McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, is on administrative leave after a video surfaced of him recording a school fight, according to the school district.

Last year, lawmakers expanded gun rights on school campuses, allowing school district employees to keep guns in their locked cars parked on school property.

He says armed deputies in the high schools get tips from students to help solve crime and doesn't think adding more armed individuals in our schools would be a bad thing.

In a series of tweets Thursday, President Donald Trump said he wants "to look at the possibility of giving 'concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience".

Cairney said that after so many school shootings, he believes something needs to change in the way most schools are kept secure.

The Holliday school district in West Texas allows district employees to carry concealed guns and board policy outlines the type of weapon, holster and how and when the gun can be used.

In the current climate of finding a solution to end gun violence, KREM 2 reached out to local schools to see how they are responding to the idea of arming teachers. They must undergo specialized training as well as a psychological evaluation, according to Holliday school Superintendent Kevin Dyes. To everyone else, the armed staff members' identities are kept secret.

The #ArmMeWith effort is a response to the suggestion that teachers carrying guns would prevent further mass shootings. Districts such as Austin, Leander, Lake Travis, Dripping Springs and Hays funnel all visitors through front entrances, leaving nearly all doors locked from the outside.

"Teachers don't want guns", said Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association. "It's like saying, 'Let's deal with the plague by spreading more disease.' It just flies in the face of logic".

"Arming teachers isn't a legitimate policy proposal aimed at protecting students".

Kxly4 asked our viewers on our Facebook page Thursday, how they would feel if teachers at their child's school were carrying loaded weapons. An overwhelming majority, over 70 percent of our viewers, were for arming teachers in schools.

"School resource officers in general are trained and equipped to confront an active shooter on campus without waiting for backup", according to a statement from the Texas association's board members.

Citing a statistic she learned from her teacher, 14-year-old Avery Smith said the thought of having armed teachers was idiotic.

"The fact that it is even being mentioned is heartbreaking", Avery said Friday as she participated in a walkout from South Austin's Bailey Middle School to rally for more gun restrictions. "If trained officers only have an 18 percent hit rate, how do they expect teachers to do?"

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