When classes start Aug. 25 in the tiny Harrold school district, there will be one distinct difference from years prior: Some of the teachers may have guns.
To deter and protect against school shootings, trustees have altered district policy to allow employees to carry concealed weapons if they have a state permit and permission from the administration. The 110-student district lies 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth on the eastern end of Wilbarger County, near the Oklahoma border.
I cannot see how this is a good idea. I understand what it is like to be a good half hour away from emergency services, and how dangerous that can be when help is needed immediately. I wonder, though, why they don’t follow the example of other school districts around the state by having a police officer on campus during school hours. It seems to me that that would be the safer option. Of course I don’t know if schools are expected to pay for these officers (which a small district like Harrold may not be able to afford) or even if Wilbarger County has the officers to spare.
Allowing employees to carry firearms on campus scares me though. How hard would it be for one of the students to get their hands on one of them? A school security expert interviewed in the article says, “”If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them.” That is a very heroic thought, but how will they feel if they have to call a parent to inform them that their child was shot by a gun that was authorized by the school administration to be on campus?