Should Teachers Bring Guns to School?

Monday, November 3rd 2008, 8:01 am
By: News On 6


HARROLD, TX -- Many schools across Oklahoma and the nation have beefed up security measures in recent years after school shootings like Columbine and Virginia Tech.

One school district in Texas allows some teachers to carry guns on campus.

That is the topic of our latest Six on Assignment report.

News On 6 anchor Craig Day went to Harrold, Texas, which is just across the Oklahoma state line, west of Wichita Falls.

The Harrold School district is a small district and they don't really have the budget to hire school security guards or resource officers. So the school board lets some properly trained teachers carry weapons. It's really all about response time.

School officials say since it would take law enforcement some time to respond if a shooter got on campus, it at least gives them a fighting chance.

"Guess who follows the postings and signs for gun free zones, law abiding citizens. The people who are going to make the big body count, they don't care about the laws," said David Thweatt, Harrold Texas ISD Superintendent.

You can see Craig Day's story on "Should Teachers Bring Guns to School" Monday night at 10 p.m. on the News On 6.