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More and More Texas School Districts Allow Armed Staff on Campus

2021-08-05T07:49:07-05:00June 26th, 2018|Tags: , |12 Comments

After the recent school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, Texas school districts are putting a major focus on increased school safety procedures during the summer break. One option many districts are turning to is arming teachers.

Back in 2013, Texas enacted its Protection of Children Act Program that allows individual school districts to have armed individuals on campus.

School Marshals

One provision of the act allows a district to opt into the School Marshal Program and designate one staff member for every 200 students to be armed on campus, following intensive law enforcement style training and psychological testing. School Marshals that have regular, direct contact with students, however, are not allowed to carry a gun. Instead, they are permitted to have a secured gun within ready access only in a circumstance that would permit the use of deadly force.

School districts do not reveal the identity of its School Marshals for security reasons, or whether there are any Marshals on campus at all. Therefore, the number of school districts that participate in the School Marshal Program is uncertain.

Guardian Plan

Another provision in the act allows schools to authorize greater access to firearms on campus. Under the Guardian Plan, a district can grant anyone, including employees, permission to carry firearms on campuses through a contract. A guardian basically is there for mainly dealing with school shootings, whereas the Marshal has more of a law enforcement position.

According to Dax González, a spokesperson for the Texas Association of School Boards, few districts chose to go the route of a School Marshal and instead opted for the more flexibility provided by the Guardian Program. The best estimate is that between 20 and 50 districts utilize the Marshal Program.

The Association revealed, as of February 2018, approximately 172 school districts allowed a teacher, coach, or other individuals to carry a concealed weapon while at work. In addition to districts utilizing the School Marshal or Guardian Program, about 150 districts have their own police departments, and more than 250 districts without police have school resource officers.

Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February of this year, another 45 school districts have opted to allow staff to carry a firearm, bringing the total number to 217, roughly 20 percent out of all the school districts in the Lone Star State. González said the number “may continue to grow as districts continue to revise policies” in the aftermath of the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston that left 10 dead.

217 School Districts Allow Staff to Carry Guns in Texas

217 Texas Independent School Districts firearms

After the deadly high school shooting in Florida, 217 school districts in Texas have adopted policies that allow staff members to carry firearms. That is an increase of almost 50 districts between February and May.

As reported in the Corpus Christi Caller Times, “In February, 172 school districts reported adopting such policies to the Texas Association of School Boards. As of May, that number was at 217, said Dax González, TASB’s division director for governmental relations.”

González predicts that the number of districts adopting similar policies may continue to grow as “districts continue to revise policies.”

With 1,023 independent school districts in Texas, these 217 districts represent a growing trend to allow staff members to carry firearms at schools.

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  1. Geania Sanna 06/29/2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Since it’s not legal to carry a gun at a school function or school grounds how would that change with this being that you can have a gun in the school?

  2. Ernie herr 06/29/2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Yes we need to protect our children from those who would harm them Shame on all who would harm children at any place

  3. Ernie herr 06/29/2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Yes we need to protect our children from those who would harm them Shame on all who would harm children at any place

  4. Chris 06/29/2018 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I’m not a fan at all for the “Guardian plan”.
    There is another program run by Texas DPS, called the School Safety Certification program. It is a licensure program for school employees who currently hold an LTC. They must attend a 16 hour classroom portion PLUS a 200+ round shooting qualification.
    IMHO, this far exceeds the guardian program for it offers a higher level of Active Shooter training along with a dynamic shooting program well beyond the LTC requirements.

    *Opinion…Law Shield needs to maintain a thorough research edge when putting out this information.
    The School Marshal program is what it is and it may change. But, simply reporting that the only other option is the “Guardian Program” (which is NOT a program sanctioned by any governing body), is short sighted and inaccurate.

  5. Rodeo1976 06/30/2018 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I’m glad to here it Facebook took down a post from a friend of mine advertising he had light weight backpack body armor for kids available in his store

  6. John David Dockery 06/30/2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    May i ask why able bodied seniors could not volunteer to be armed security, and I’m not saying crippled ,old handicapped,always at the same school,but on a rotating schedule, i believe some could actually fill in as a temporary teacher. This is valuable resource many of our seniors have an abundance of experience in all manner of subjects we have learned from everyday life experiences, most probably don’t even want to be paid, just a temporary change from our doldrum from an otherwise lazy day !

  7. Kenneth Chambless 07/02/2018 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this!

    I am an LTC instructor and since the Fl. shooting we have ran about 70 plus teachers, principals and administrators through our LTC classes.

    I know they are getting serious about this.

    Will it be ok for me to share this information at my classes?

  8. Kenneth Chambless 07/02/2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I forgot to mention, we did not charge anything for the teachers, principals and administrators for the LTC course.

  9. Stanley Jensen 07/02/2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Why create a School Marshall and then not allow them to carry a gun. Being locked up secure, it may take them more time to get to their firearm than the ” 3 min response time for a police 911 call? Also since the Marshall is not armed, he may be a victim of any school shooter!!! Please listen to this!” The best defense for someone shooting at kids is some one shooting back when the shooting starts” The solutions people come up with are dancing around this rule.

  10. Gary Fisher 07/06/2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Our law enforcement and military are all highly trained, carry weapons, wear body armor and are ready for trouble. Yet, they get wounded and live to tell about it because someone was there to render aid and stop the bleeding. Texas Law Shield has a GSW first aid course. Train the teachers, to train their students, how to stop their friends from bleeding out. Put trauma kits in the class rooms. This is a skill set that will follow them through out their lives. Bad people will always have the element of surprise on their side. Hopefully there won’t be a final exam, but if there ever is, they will be prepared.

  11. Robert J Snyder 07/11/2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    How nice that these security people will not be armed. BUT will have access to a gun locked in a secure place. All the guard needs to do is to ask the shooter to wait a moment while he goes to get his gun to defend the students. What a wonderful plan AND to top things off, it will not be made public that a school has security…..What wisdom…. May I share something stupid????? If is made public that the schools have armed guards, that information in and of itself would be a deterrent. But these suggestions might make sense, so we must not implement them.

  12. John David Dockery 07/12/2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    This is the same information that Titanic had before it hit the iceberg! Same outcome can be expected,not good for anyone in school or anywhere else,no protection means dead people….

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