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Harrold school district to staff: Pack your pistols

August 14th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Harrold school district to staff: Pack your pistols

When classes start Aug. 25 at 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 permits. The 110-student district lies 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth on the eastern end of Wilbarger County, near the Oklahoma border.

More than a dozen legislatures have considered making it legal to carry guns on college campuses, but experts and officials contacted by the Star-Telegram say the move is unprecedented in elementary or secondary schools.

Harrold Superintendent David Thweatt said a main concern was that the small community is a 30-minute drive from the county sheriff’s office, leaving students and teachers without protection.

Although Harrold is a small town, the district’s campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287, which could make it a target, he said.

There are other security measures already in place, including only one way to enter the school, state-of-the-art surveillance cameras and electric locks on doors. But after the Virginia Tech massacre and the Pennsylvania Amish shooting, Thweatt said he felt he had to take further action.

“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started,” Thweatt said. “Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘Sic ‘em’ to a dog.”

“Our philosophy here is to be prepared,” he said.

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Harrold school district to staff: Pack your pistols

Some things are WORTH blogging about, this is one of them! Good common sense from the GOOD people of TEXAS.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is what REAL GUTS looks like, and by God it’s a Texas Independent School District leading the way, I would expect nothing less!!

Can you imagine the outcome if a few of the teachers at Virginia Tech had been armed?? Or even students if they were of legal age and qualified?

Virginia Tech - The Real Tragedy


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