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Educators in Texas town have carried guns since '07

Published: Thu, December 20, 2012 @ 11:16 p.m.


In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school - mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know - and trust - one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school.

"We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers have master's degrees, are older and have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children."

In the awful aftermath of last week's Connecticut elementary school shooting, lawmakers in a growing number of states - including Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota and Oregon - have said they will consider laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school.

Texas law bans guns in schools unless the school has given written authorization. Arizona and six other states have similar laws with exceptions for people who have licenses to carry concealed weapons.

Harrold's school board voted unanimously in 2007 to allow employees to carry weapons. After obtaining a state concealed-weapons permit, each employee who wants to carry a weapon must be approved by the board based on his or her personality and reaction to a crisis, Thweatt said.

Employees also must undergo training in crisis intervention and hostage situations. And they must use bullets that minimize the risk of ricochet, similar to those carried by air marshals on planes.

CaRae Reinisch, who lives in the nearby community of Elliott, said she took her children out of a larger school and enrolled them in Harrold two years ago, partly because she felt they would be safer in a building with armed teachers.


1charms(228 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

This is EXACTLY where we should be going. We will never get rid of guns, so the best way to avoid another Newtown is to train teachers in safe firearm use.

There is nothing wrong with this. It only makes common sense.

No crazies are going to shoot up that Texas school!

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2TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

This is not exactly where we should be going. Are you a teacher? Do you work in a school or with children?

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3BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


It is people with your mindset that cost lives and make it possible for these nuts to go into an unprotected school and wreak havoc on those inside. We should have long ago armed teachers and allowed law abiding citizens to carry firearms EVERYWHERE — you would see the crime rate plummet.

Remember people it is an armed citizenry that has kept you safe from enemies foreign AND domestic for years.


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4charms(228 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


No, I am not a teacher & I don't work with children. But I am a responsible gun owner with a concealed carry permit. Do you realize the training you have to go through to get a CC permit? It's quite extensive. This is what teachers should get.

It is folly to shield children from mayhem just by sitting around singing Kumbaya.

It's a dangerous world. We must confront it head on.

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5Sumpintasay(55 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

They are teaching children to fight back now anyway. They aren't going with the same "just be quiet and do as you're told" theory. These crazies are intent on killing and they will kill our children whether they do as they're told or not. So they might as well fight. There's a chance if they do, none if they don't.

I agree. Properly trained, armed citizens will decrease crime. Properly trained, armed school faculty is the best defense in keeping our babies safe.

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6TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

More guns will apparently decrease gun violence. Yeah...I'm the one who is wrong.

Our schools remain extremely safe. Millions of students go to school daily without worrying about being shot at school. The facts don't support your calls for arming the people who are responsible for educating our children.

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7IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

You can't stop CRAZY.

That being said, the 2nd Amendment was NOT written with assault weapons in mind.

The GUN loving Tea Party now wants to put off duty Police Officers in all our schools. I figure that will cost us an additional $58+ BILLION dollars a year. ($35 per/hr per officer when you add their rate + liability insurance x 7 hours a day x 180 school days x 132,656 schools) Don't they stand for smaller government and less taxes? I guess the NRA will pay it. LOL.

Teachers being armed against an assailant wearing body armour and carrying a .223 military assault weapon, would merely add to the body count.

They need to completely ban all assault weapons and make gun owners undergo rigorous training and education (like Police officers) before purchasing a handgun.

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8joe0622(3 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

For all you people out there without the first hand experiance with the criminal population and the criminally insane let me fill you in.( 6 year state corrections) taking away peoples rights is not the answer. This action only limits those who obey laws not those who dont in the first place. Just an FYI for all you who dont think completely. Another is if even one citizen legally trained armed and properly educated with a firearm was in any of these places from Columbine on to this most recent in PA at least one person may have been saved. If we all were properly trained with a firearm and carried then how many idiots would walk in rob a store, try to shoot up a school, etc? Even if they did you would not have to wait 10-15 min minimum response time in most communities for help. Open your eyes even without guns in England still 35 deaths gun related year and 353 in knife deaths with less population. Why are people so dumb and ignorant to the real world? This is not the 1900's anymore i mean people strap bombs to themselves. You cant stop the evil in peoples hearts by taking away the right to defend ones self and family.

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9joe0622(3 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Another one for all you Assault Rifle are the problem people...You do know they are Semi-auto meaning you have to pull the trigger for each round rite??? Reloading a firearm takes 5-7 seconds with a revolver no speed loader so do the math.

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10BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


That was extremely well said sir.

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

CCW is allowed at movie theaters. DIDN'T HELP.

CCW allowed in Malls. DIDN'T HELP

CCW allowed in parking lots. DIDN'T HELP Congresswoman Giffords.

If guns kept us safe we should be the safest country.

I was taught to not bring a knife to a gun fight. Now we need to teach don't bring a 9MM to an ASSAULT RIFLE fight.

Who is going to pay for officers in schools? Who will pay for insurance and liability for a teacher to carry weapons in schools?

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12AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Give the teachers guns? What kind of answer is that? Train the teachers to be law enforcement? But the repubs will still say teachers make too much money.

Who is going to pay for Law enforcement in every school?

The problem with Pro Gun folks is they are so scared they will lose their guns. Gun Control doe not mean taking guns from law abidding citizens. Gun control, is just that" control GUNS".

1. State test with CCW every two years.
2. State test with hunting guns every 2 years.
3. Back ground check for felonies, medications when state testing.
4. Body armor piercing bullets should be outlawed.
5. Limit clips to only certain number of rounds.

The second amendment gives right to bear arms, should not be interpeted "Right to bear assaut weapons" There are restriction to "RIGHTS" just like freedom of speech has certain restrictions

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13TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Joe how did all that work out at fort hood?

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14larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Why would you make such an ignorant statement. I am not calling you ignorant, but your assertion clearly reveals you lack of knowledge of the Fort Hood shooting. As with all these mass shootings, the perpetrator selected unarmed targets, in this case in a military medical facility. Carrying side arms on base at Ft. Hood was prohibited other than for training. Hasan was felled by the first armed police officer he encountered. There were immediate calls to allow soldiers to carry their side arms following the shooting.

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15TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Is there any place safer than a military base? If a mass shooting can happen at a military base, then added guns apparently aren't the recipe for safety.p

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16larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

What part of "prohibited from carrying sidearms" did you not understand. Side arms were not carried on base at Ft. Hood other than for training. A civilian police officer was the first armed resistance encountered by Hasan. Just as in civilian society, guns are regulated on a military base. In this case, Hasan was well-aware of the regulations. He targeted this medical facility because he knew he would encounter the least resistance. Please do not bury your head in the sand of your own ignorance.

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17excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Hasan is alive and pampered. Our taxes pay for his keep. His victims lie in their graves.

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18TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I understand full well. A military base full of weapons was not safe. Correct?

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