From EAG News:
KEENE, Texas – A “very select few” well-trained teachers will soon have authority to carry guns to schools in the Keene Independent School District after board members approved the move Wednesday.
School principals, Keene Police and the Keene ISD Superintendent will invite a “very select few” teachers to receive training to earn a concealed handgun license and serve as a first line of defense, NBC DFW reports.
“If you’d asked me nine years ago, 10 years ago, whether I ever would’ve been for it, I would’ve said ‘no,’” superintendent Ricky Stephens told WFAA.
“That old mentality of ‘it can’t happen here’ has started to leave a lot of small towns,” he said.
Neither school officials nor the media are disclosing the number of teachers who will participate in the program, or who they are. The teachers will receive extensive training beyond the concealed weapons course to remain prepared for a school emergency, an effort that will be coordinated through the district’s new police department, according WFAA.
“We’re going to do a minimum of 80 hours a year of training,” Keene ISD Police Chief Tim Kosar said, adding that teachers will be required to keep the weapons on them at all times. “We’ll do it at least quarterly, and three or four times we train a year will be at a range.”
Keene school board members approved the new program in a 6 to 1 vote Wednesday, and it’s expected to officially launch early next year.
Michelle McCormick, parent of a…