North Texas school district allows teachers to carry guns

HOUSTON - A North Texas school district allows its teachers to carry guns in class as long as they have a concealed handgun license, and the superintendent said he wouldn't have it any other way.

The Harrold Independent School District is near Wichita Falls. The nearest law enforcement agency is 30 minutes away. So Harrold ISD superintendent David Thweatt said guns are allowed for everyone's protection.

"My goal is if someone tries to come in and hurt my little ones that they are killed," Thweatt said. "We need to be here to protect our children -- not four or five minutes or six minutes from now. We need to protect them now."

In 2007, the district adopted a policy called the Guardian Plan. It has four components, but essentially, teachers who have a concealed handgun license can carry a gun with them to school.

In the five years it has been in place, Thweatt said there have been no incidents at the school. He attributes that to the extra security measures they have taken.

"It's like seeing a clock in the room, not even on your mind, you just know that it's there," a student said.

"I like it because it kind of makes me feel safer because I mean, we don't have a police station here," student Madison Templeton said.

"I don't have any issues with it at all. If one of those guys gets into the school, he's met with an armed resistance," said Michael Hopkins, a student's father.

"My mantra has been this -- as school personnel with children here, we are our first responders," Thweatt said.

State rep. Debbie Riddle is considering introducing legislation to allow licensed teachers to carry guns in school.

No southeast Texas school districts allow guns on campus, even with a concealed weapons license.

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