Texas superintendent defends policy that allows teachers, staff to carry concealed handguns
POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 3:44pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A small Texas school district has already armed teachers as part of a plan to protect their students from outside attacks.
"Many people can learn how to effectively and safely guard others with firearms," Harrold Independent School District Superintendent David Thweatt says.
Certain teachers, though he won't say who or the number who do, carry guns daily at the K-12 school, which has just more than 100 students.
"Anonymity is key to what we do here at Harrold," Thweatt says.
His idea to let some teachers carry guns inside the classroom was put into effect in 2008.
Following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, he says he stands by his policy, and that quick action is what's needed in mass shooting type incidents.
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