Pres. Trump promotes arming teachers, Texas already does

Pres. Trump promotes arming teachers, Texas already does

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President Trump announced his plan to allow educators to conceal carry in the classroom, a plan that is similar to a program Texas is already implementing.

The Texas School Marshal program was signed into law in 2013. It gives districts the opportunity for its faculty to carry while at school. 

Faculty members that participate in the program must go through a strict training vetting and training. Each person going through a mental evaluation and firearm training. After passing the original course, each participant must continue their training monthly.

It is unknown just how many districts are participating, the numbers and which ones do are mostly kept under wraps to prevent any potential attacker from targeting a certain school.

One that is though, is Roosevelt ISD. 

"We're not going to sit around with staplers and five irons and try to defend ourselves," said Superintendent Dallas Grimes. 

He said administrators, along with the board, are supportive of the decision, with the safety of students as their top priority.

"We're not trying to embolden ourselves to be heroes or law enforcement," Grimes said. "We're just here to protect our kids but when the professionals show up we're going to get out of the way and let them do their job."

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