Carthage ISD latest to arm its staff

Carthage ISD latest to arm its staff
LES HASSELL
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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 9:51am

Soon select, trained school personnel in Carthage ISD will be armed as the district implements its Guardian Plan.

Carthage is the sixth East Texas school district to arm staff and has become part of a growing trend in which education officials, especially those in rural areas, believe allowing personnel to carry concealed weapons can save lives in the typical three to five minutes before law enforcement arrives.

The list of Texas schools that arm staff totals about 20.

“We’ve put other security measures in place. We have magnetic doors on our buildings. We’ve added extra security cameras; we have lockdown procedures. But we still could not cover those three to five minutes,” said Carthage ISD Superintendent J. Glenn Hambrick. “We’ve done everything we possibly could do facility-wise, and yet we’re still vulnerable.”

The Carthage ISD school board voted in January to implement its Guardian Plan. Hambrick said the district discussed the possibility of arming staff for about a year and a half, and more than a year ago placed a survey on its website asking parents their thoughts. He said at least 80 percent of those who took the survey, including parents and faculty, responded favorably to the idea. 

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