Armed to teach: Texas school district sticks to its gun policy

Armed to teach: Texas school district sticks to its gun policy
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 3:16am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 9:11am

Back in January, the district voted in favor of school marshals

It's safe to say Argyle ISD is ready to start the school year with guns blazing. The district is on target to continue its new policy of allowing some teachers to pack heat on campus.

The posted sign on campus shoots straight, when it comes to the relatively new rule. It reads: "Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students." The signs are posted at all campuses within the district.

"I trust that the administrators of this school district will put my kid's best interest at heart," parent Lacey Fenoglio said. Back in January, the district voted in favor of school marshals. Some Argyle teachers will act as the long arm of the law under the state's Protection of Texas Children Act.

Gun-toting teachers must have and maintain a handgun license; pass a psychological evaluation; and undergo firearms and emergency response training.

Some parents say the district is right on target. "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," Fenoglio said.

Argyle ISD Superintendent, Dr. Telena Wright tells NewsFix continuous training is required, and some training even took place over summer break. However, the names and number of pistol-packing teachers will not be released for safety reasons.

So, while most North Texas districts are strengthening school security, Argyle ISD isn`t afraid to take aim on the loaded topic.

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