In Harrold, Tx., with the nearest sheriff’s office 30 minutes away, some teachers carry concealed weapons, the Associated Press reports. “We don’t have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution,” Superintendent David Thweatt said. “A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers have master’s degrees, are older, and have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children.”
After last week’s Newtown, Ct., elementary school shooting, legislators in a growing number of states — including Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Oregon — will consider laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school. Harrold’s school board voted unanimously in 2007 to allow employees to carry weapons. The superintendent won’t disclose how many of the school’s 50 employees carry weapons, saying that revealing that number might jeopardize school security. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence did not know of any other districts nationwide that allow school employees to carry concealed handguns. That may change soon.