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Texas school district to let teachers carry guns. (Reuters)


A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district's superintendent, David Thweatt.

School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.

Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."

Teachers who wish to bring guns will have to be certified to carry a concealed handgun in Texas and get crisis training and permission from school officials, he said.

Recent school shootings in the United States have prompted some calls for school officials to allow students and teachers to carry legally concealed weapons into classrooms.

The U.S. Congress once barred guns at schools nationwide, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck the law down, although state and local communities could adopt their own laws. Texas bars guns at schools without the school's permission.

(Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio; writing by Bruce Nichols in Houston, editing by Vicki Allen)
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Texas school district to let teachers carry guns. (Reuters)


A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district's superintendent, David Thweatt.

School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110.........

........could adopt their own laws. Texas bars guns at schools without the school's permission.

(Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio; writing by Bruce Nichols in Houston, editing by Vicki Allen)


Good. Glad to hear this.....
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Originally posted by Xeon:
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Texas school district to let teachers carry guns. (Reuters)


A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.

The board of the small rural Harrold Independent School District unanimously approved the plan and parents have not objected, said the district's superintendent, David Thweatt.

School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110.........

........could adopt their own laws. Texas bars guns at schools without the school's permission.

(Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio; writing by Bruce Nichols in Houston, editing by Vicki Allen)


Good. Glad to hear this.....




Hopefully, your children won't get blasted full of holes by...their teacher Frown
Extremely bad idea but this is Texas, a state full of pick up driving, horse riding, shoot first, ask questions later cowboys who begged to have gun carrying laws (a cultural thing) so why would this be a suprise to anyone.

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School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.

Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."
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Who's more scared here? the students or the teachers?

What exactly does "lock down situation" refer too?. "What if somebody gets in?"

Now someone has gotten in, the teachers with the gun!! Do they also chain lock the exit doors during the day to keep "somebody" out?

What is the actual threat that exists for teachers to carry guns as opposed to initiating roving police patrols or hiring a trained security service?

The real problem here is the label "teacher"? People acually think that a school teacher would not shoot or kill a student, intentional or accidential, the same minds that thought that teachers would not be sexually molesting or having sex (statutory rape) with them either. bang

The American school system versus the world is performing extremely poor. Makes you wonder.
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Well, if there's any *positive* to this story it's that this little bitty hick Texas town, and it's school system, is so small that there's probably only about 4 or 5 teachers total in question.

What's really astonishing is that this town would think that with such a limited amount of students, that one of them might be off his/her rocker enough to want to pull a Columbine in the first place.

There is often a lot of psychosis in those little towns up in the Panhandle, though. 19 Personally, it sounds like an attention-grabbing event just so they could say that they are the "first" and to be able to get their little piece of town into the news!
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Originally posted by Xeon:
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Hopefully, your children won't get blasted full of holes by...their teacher


Oh really? Well, let's look at the data and compare the number of students who were shot by their teachers to the number of teachers and students physically assaulted, raped, and shot by students. End of subject........



the number of teacher shot by students is probably outweighed by the number of teachers sexually molesting students...

end of stupidity...
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Originally posted by Cholly:
Extremely bad idea but this is Texas, a state full of horse riding, shoot first, ask questions later cowboys who begged to have gun carrying laws (a cultural thing) so why would this be a suprise to anyone.

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School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.

Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."
------------------------------------------------

Who's more scared here? the students or the teachers?

What exactly does "lock down situation" refer too?. "What if someone gets in?"

Now someone has gotten in, the teachers with the gun!! Do they also chain lock the exit doors during the day to keep "someone" out?

What is the actual threat that exists for teachers to carry guns as opposed to initiating roving police patrols or hiring a trained security service?

The real problem here is the label "teacher"? People acually think that a school teacher would not shoot o kill a student, intentional or accidential, the same minds that thought that teachers would not be having sex (statutory rape) with them either. bang

The American school system versus the world is performing extremely poor. Makes you wonder.



i am a gun owner and i believe in a citizens right to do so, but i dont see any positives coming out of this situation. The children who are going to be shot by teachers, will likely not be the children who are bringing oozy's to school under their raincoats...

imagine being expected to learn and trust an authority figure in an environment where the teacher can not only paddle you, but also kill you.

this is the wrong message for teachers to send to students...
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
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Originally posted by Cholly:
Extremely bad idea but this is Texas, a state full of horse riding, shoot first, ask questions later cowboys who begged to have gun carrying laws (a cultural thing) so why would this be a suprise to anyone.

QUOTE:

School experts backed Thweatt's claim that Harrold, a system of about 110 students 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, may be the first to let teachers bring guns to the classroom.

Thweatt said it is a matter of safety.

"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."
------------------------------------------------

Who's more scared here? the students or the teachers?

What exactly does "lock down situation" refer too?. "What if someone gets in?"

Now someone has gotten in, the teachers with the gun!! Do they also chain lock the exit doors during the day to keep "someone" out?

What is the actual threat that exists for teachers to carry guns as opposed to initiating roving police patrols or hiring a trained security service?

The real problem here is the label "teacher"? People acually think that a school teacher would not shoot o kill a student, intentional or accidential, the same minds that thought that teachers would not be having sex (statutory rape) with them either. bang

The American school system versus the world is performing extremely poor. Makes you wonder.



i am a gun owner and i believe in a citizens right to do so, but i dont see any positives coming out of this situation. The children who are going to be shot by teachers, will likely not be the children who are bringing oozy's to school under their raincoats...

imagine being expected to learn and trust an authority figure in an environment where the teacher can not only paddle you, but also kill you.

this is the wrong message for teachers to send to students...

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I agree, being a gun owner is an individual right but what concerns me is the NRA (Right to Bear Arms) fanatic, twisted mentality of many people who push the national debate to make any and all guns accessible under the guise of recreation (hunting, target shooting etc) but who (many are unstable) live in constant fear and feel threatened by other people all the time just based on race & difference alone.

Now with this ruling, school teachers are now the police (why call them first if you're packin') and it strenghtens the national discussion. Take the taser for example. There is little or no control of it's intended use in school, especiallly when it comes to school children, no matter the grade or age.

Also, what constitute a gun? a 9MM, shotgun, a M16 or AK47? The first two, yes but the latter are military weapons. If this continues and spreads, whose to say that a teacher may think or determine that a licensed .32 cal pistol may not be enough?

Legally, you can't license an AK47 or M16 but that does not prevent a teacher (who is supposed to be a "trusting, stable individual") from attaining it illegally and having one in school stashed away/hidden or unnoticed just in case something pops off?

Think about the mentality of the "person" assigned to those school kids and not the "teacher" responsible for their education.
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Well, if there's any *positive* to this story it's that this little bitty hick Texas town, and it's school system, is so small that there's probably only about 4 or 5 teachers total in question.

What's really astonishing is that this town would think that with such a limited amount of students, that one of them might be off his/her rocker enough to want to pull a Columbine in the first place.

There is often a lot of psychosis in those little towns up in the Panhandle, though. 19 Personally, it sounds like an attention-grabbing event just so they could say that they are the "first" and to be able to get their little piece of town into the news!


Or the parents know the individual, and respect then to protect their children. b
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the number of teacher shot by students is probably outweighed by the number of teachers sexually molesting students...


And? The number of iPods owned by students is probably is probably greater than the number by teachers! We could go on and on about such non-related facts. The discussion deals with teachers carrying guns
student not molestation. Two different subjects.

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end of stupidity...


Yes it is. Thank you.......

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