Harrold ISD says it's about protecting your kids
Teachers carrying concealed weapons. In the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut, some say it’s a good idea to protect your children. One Texas school district is doing exactly that.
Teachers in Harrold ISD, close to the Oklahoma border, have been allowed to carry concealed guns in school for the last few years. Superintendant David Thweatt told our KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2 the reason why is simple.
“We need to be here to protect our children, not five or six minutes from now. We need to protect them now with an active shooter,” Thweatt told KTRH television partner, KPRC Local 2.
Thweatt has been taking criticism for his polices since the Connecticut shootings but some parents say they are happy that the policy is in place.
“I don’t have any issues with it at all. If one of them guys gets in the school, if he is met with armed resistance, he don’t get to the classroom,” the parent said.
Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America told Matt Patrick that the critics of the Harrold ISD policy are wrong.
“I guess I can ask them to think about a class full of students with a teacher who has no gun, and there’s a bad guy coming through the door with a gun, and you can kind of tell right away what he’s there for,” Pratt said.
Pratt told Matt Patrick teachers could be trained without much cost.
“I’ve talked to training services who have said they have offered any school district who wants to have armed teachers training for free,” Pratt explained.
The N-R-A says they'll do what they can to help prevent school shootings like the one that happened last week, their first comments publicly since the tragedy.