Texas school district OKs pistols for teachers, staff

August 17, 2008

Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings. The teachers must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and have to use ammunition that is designed to minimize the risk of ricochet in school halls. What good is all this training when allĀ a kid has to do is get into the teacher’s purse when she is not looking and then get payback for the jocks calling him a freak? Students can be as charming as Valentino but as deadly as a viper. Students are children; children who are still maturing. Some are very emotionally immature. Just as a two-year-old cannot contain his rage upon being denied anything, neither can some picked-on kid who thinks the entire world hates him and is talking about him and mocking him. Fighting siblings often yell, “I hate you!” to the object of their loathing, then after a while, calm down and are best friends again with their loving brother or sister. How many brothers have killed the other in a moment of uncontrolled rage? How much easier for a student who feels that the whole class is laughing at him and his payback is right there in the teacher’s desk drawer or up in the closet? It is sad that someone is going to have to lose their life or possibly be critically injured before somebody realizes that guns in a classroom is a can of worms that did not need to be opened.