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Texas School District Approves Arming and Supplying Teachers with Firearms

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AZCapitolTimes

One school board in Keene, Texas recently approved teachers to be armed and will supply them with a firearm.

Four schools in the Johnson County school district have joined a handful of other Texas schools that will allow specific staff members to carry firearms on school campuses.

Before the school board voted on the issue Wednesday, December 16 they allowed parents to speak on the matter.

While most were not against personnel carrying firearms on school property there were a few who felt it could become a security issue. They feared a student may be able to overpower a teacher and steal their firearm from them.

“It could still turn into a gun fight no matter who has the gun, or children could get the gun,” one parent at the meeting told Fox 4. “I mean it doesn’t matter. It just scares me still.”

Superintendent Ricky Stephens, who was originally opposed, assured them that teachers with high interaction with students would not be allowed to carry.

Carriers will be carefully chosen by the district and only those who feel comfortable carrying will be allowed to do so. The board has also agreed to purchase the handguns they will carry on them.

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Texas School District Approves Arming and Supplying Teachers with Firearms