Parents, teachers, weigh in on arming teachers
Safety in schools is on the minds of educators and families following last month’s mass shooting in Uvalde.
Some believe teachers should be armed, since a 2013 state law allows through the School Marshall Program.
Roy Balli, a local license to carry instructor, said there was a lot of interest in the program that dropped off after educators saw what the program entailed.
“It kind of made them have second thoughts about it,” Balli said.
Before an educator can be armed, the superintendent, school board and school principal must sign off. The weapon would also have to be in a locked and secured area.
Educators like Zachary Holzworth said all that is too much to ask for.
"I myself don't want to be armed and I don't think I’ve ever met any teacher that actually wants to be armed,” Holzworth said. “We already have so many extra responsibilities that are placed on us."
A recent poll by The Texas American Federation of Teachers revealed that more than 70% of school employees do not want to be armed, or expected to intercept a gunman
Many Valley districts have added more officers and school security, but so far it seems teachers carrying on campus will remain on the back burner.
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