On December 16, school board members in Keene, Texas, voted not simply to allow armed teachers, but also to provide the handguns teachers will carry.
Ironically, the effort was supported by Keene Independent School District (ISD) superintendent Ricky Stephens, who opposed arming teachers when hired three years ago. “Now he says the world has changed and so has his opinion.”
According to Fox 5, Keene ISD members “approved a policy that would allow a few select staff members inside its four campuses to carry a gun.” The names of those who will be carrying are being withheld, but the guns they carry will be “provided by the district.”
The district will decide which teachers to arm out of a pool of those who submit their names as wanting to carry a gun.
Superintendent Stephens said forethought has already been given to the conditions under which guns should be carried, including which teaching situations are better suited than others for armed faculty members. In light of this, he said parents who have expressed concern that a student may take a gun away from a teacher are worrying about a scenario that will not happen.
Stephens said, “[Teachers] involved with kids in that level will not be those who are selected to carry the gun.”
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