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TX AG Opinion Says Harrold ISD Gun Policy Not in Conflict with Marshal Plan

Texas Attorney General's opinion says Harrold ISD's gun policy, and others like it, do not conflict with the state's Marshal Plan.

After receiving both good and bad reactions over the past few years on its controversial guns in school policy Harrold school officials are celebrating a legal victory tonight.
The Texas Attorney General was asked to give an opinion on whether a gun policy started at Harrold ISD was in conflict with a Texas law that passed last June.
Mechell Dixon is here to tell us what the AG ruled.


Harrold ISD was not the only district awaiting the Texas Attorney General's opinion that was released this morning.
That opinion says Harrold ISD's gun policy, and others like it, do not conflict with the state's Marshal Plan.

Six years ago, Harrold school officials approved the Guardian Plan, which allows school personnel with a Texas Concealed Handgun License to carry their weapon on campus to protect student.
Last June, Governor Rick Perry signed the Marshal Plan into law.
It allows school boards to designate a school employee as a school marshal allowing them to carry a concealed handgun at school board meetings and athletic events.
But last November, a  state house  committee wanted to know if a district with the Guardian Plan could also use the Marshal Plan and asked the attorney general to render an opinion.
That opinion is now out and says the two plans do not conflict.
It's a conclusion Harrold Superintendent David Thweatt says he expected.

"We had our attorneys interpret the law to say under Penal Code 46.03 (a) (1) we had jurisdiction.  My school board had jurisdiction to give authorities to those individuals that they deemed fit and that's what our attorney general has upheld in this decision," Thweatt says.

Valesha Frazier says it also convinced  her to transfer her son from Vernon ISD to Harrold ISD three years ago.

"We just felt like our children are safer over here and it's a smaller school and we get a lot of one on one attention and I didn't want my kid to be just another number and over here he's very well kept and taken care of and safe and protected," Fraizer explains.

Protected by a security plan that allows authorized teachers and employees to carry concealed weapons.
Under the state's Marshal Plan a school board can appoint one marshal per 400 students, which does not apply to schools with less 400 students.
And  Thweatt says the Guardian Plan is now in about 70 school districts in Texas.
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