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Texas School Administrators are Encouraging Teachers to Carry Guns to Protect Kids

A Texas school district is encouraging their teachers to bring guns to school this year.

The Argyle Independent Schools voted back in January to allow school marshalls – teachers and staff – carry guns during the school day.

According to the new policy, all those that wish to bring their guns to school must have a handgun license, undergo firearms training and pass a psychological evaluation before their weapons will be allowed on school grounds.

Some parents think the new gun policy is a great plan for their kids.

“I trust that the administrators of this school district will put my kid’s best interest at heart,” parent Lacey Fenoglio told KDAF. “I think if a tragedy does occur, lives can be saved by guns being in the right hands, and I think the teachers here might be able to stop something like that and life can be saved.”

The Texas state legislature apparently agrees.

In May of last year, they passed the Protection of Texas Children Act that specifically calls for a voluntary force of gun-toting school staff to provide protection in the state’s public schools and paved the way for Argyle ISD to enact the new gun rules in their own district.

Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba called the gun measure a much-needed and cost-effective way to keep children safe in the case of a school tragedy and stressed the new law provides, “a practical, thoughtful, and responsible school security option for all Texas school districts.”

State Sen. Kelly Hancock also called the law a victory for Texans’ gun rights.

“Under provisions of the law, local school districts would not be prohibited from adopting policies that further protect students and teachers if those districts chose to allow greater freedom for gun rights,” the state Senator said.

In Argyle schools, the new gun rules have also caused the schools to post a new warning in front of their schools:

“Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD (Independent School District) are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students,” a sign outside an Argyle public school now reads.

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