TX Attorney General To Give Opinion on Harrold ISD Gun Policy

- Six years after Harrold ISD authorized school personnel to carry guns on campus the policy is back in the spotlight.

Harrold ISD's gun policy, believed to be the first in Texas, caused an explosion of controversy when it was implemented in October 2008.

Five years later, the policy is in the news headlines again but this time it's because Harrold's gun policy could be in conflict with a recently passed Texas law.

Keeping Harrold's 120 students safe is a top priority.

While security cameras keep an eye on who comes and goes another security measure was implemented in 2008 which further protects students.

Superintendent David Thweat calls it the Guardian Plan.

It allows school personnel, who have a Texas Concealed Handgun license, to carry their weapon on campus.

But school officials don't reveal who's packing.

"If there is a shooter, or there's someone that's going to come in and kill children, they do not know where the resistance is going to come from. and I think that's key to any good, secure plan," says Superintendent Thweat.

This past June, Governor Rick Perry signed the Marshal Plan into law to protect Texas students.

It allows school boards to designate a school employee as a school marshal allowing that person to carry a concealed handgun at school board meetings and athletic events, which before had been prohibited.

And now the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety wants to know if a district with a Guardian Plan can also use the Marshal Plan to have concealed guns at meetings and sporting events.

So committee members are asking Attorney General Greg Abbott to render an opinion, which has this superintendent a little worried.

"There is a concern that maybe the Attorney General will overturn maybe some of the jurisdiction that we've had but I don't know.  I don't think that's going to be the case cause this particular attorney general is fairly conservative, which our particular policy, I believe would be labeled by many as a conservative policy," Thweat explains.

The request for an opinion was filed on October 21st and the attorney general has 180 business days to issue his opinion.

So, until that happens Superintendent Thweat says all he and his staff can do is wait and hope the District's Guardian Plan is not overturned.

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