Texas educators learn how to handle crisis situations in concealed handgun course
As the debate over how to protect our children at school from gun violence continues, one Texas school district made national headlines over the weekend.
About 95 teachers and staff from the Academy Independent School District outside of Waco took concealed handgun license classes this past Sunday. The classes were free of charge.
One of those staff members in attendance was fourth grade teacher Ashley Grinnan of Academy Elementary School.
“We want to keep our students safe. We want to be prepared. We want to have the tools necessary to know what to do in a crisis situation,” Grinnan told KTRH.
Grinnan explained why she took the class.
“It’s just preparations and training to know how to handle extreme situations like that,” she explained.
Grinnan telling KTRH that protecting the kids is all teachers have been talking about since the school shooting in Newtown, CT last month.
“Things like that could happen anywhere. I think the staff here knows that. They want the training. They want to be prepared,” Grinnan said.
Grinnan also said she took the classes because she was raped and shot by a man in Dallas ten years ago, and knowing how to handle a situation like that might have changed the outcome of the incident.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Grinnan: