Palmer ISD Moves Forward With Plans to Arm Teachers


Published 09/17 2013 10:48AM

Updated 09/17 2013 10:50AM

North Texas school district is moving forward with its plan to put guns in the hands of teachers as a way to stop possible school shootings.

Palmer Independent School District's school board unanimously approved a plan to allow certain teachers to carry guns in school. The superintendent, Kevin Noack, wants to have a handful of teachers with guns, in the classroom, by next year.

Palmer ISD is a small district, with just 1100 kids split between an elementary, middle, and high school. But after the Newtown tragedy, administrators are concerned about someone opening fire during class.

"We started forming this plan after the Newtown tragedy. We knew we had to do something to try and protect our kids," Noack said. "We're hoping this is more of a deterrent for the most part."

Superintendent Kevin Noack will work with police to pick a few teachers for the program -- between 1 and 4 in each school, he estimates.

The staff members will have concealed carry permits and receive special police training at a shooting range. Noack says there might also be active shooter drills with police over the summer.

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