Gun-toting teachers: Texas school district sticks to its gun policy

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ARGYLE, Tex. — It’s safe to say that one school district is ready to start the school year with guns blazing.

The Argyle Independent School District is on target to continue its new policy of allowing some teachers to pack heat on campus.

The posted sign on campus shoots straight, when it comes to the relatively new rule. It reads: “Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” The signs are posted at all campuses within the district.

“I trust that the administrators of this school district will put my kid’s best interest at heart,” parent Lacey Fenoglio said.

Back in January, the district voted in favor of school marshals. Some Argyle teachers will act as the long arm of the law under the state’s Protection of Texas Children Act.

Gun-toting teachers must have and maintain a handgun license; pass a psychological evaluation; and undergo firearms and emergency response training.

Some parents say the district is right on target.

“I think if a tragedy does occur, lives can be saved by guns being in the right hands, and I think the teachers here might be able to stop something like that and life can be saved,” Fenoglio said.

Argyle ISD Superintendent, Dr. Telena Wright tells NewsFix continuous training is required, and some training even took place over summer break. However, the names and number of pistol-packing teachers will not be released for safety reasons.

So, while most North Texas districts are strengthening school security, Argyle ISD isn`t afraid to take aim on the loaded topic.

10 comments

  • Tracy Wales

    It’s about time! Our children should be protected at all cost. They are supposed to be able to go to school and learn without having to worry about being safe!

  • Say What

    I hope they have better trainers than this “certified” instructor — Charles Vacca, Shooting Instructor, Fatally Shot By 9-Year-Old Student:

    An Arizona shooting instructor has died after a 9-year-old student accidentally shot him in the head.
    Charles Vacca, 39, was pronounced dead on Monday, according to a press release from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Vacca was an instructor at Bullets and Burgers, an outdoor shooting range about 25 miles away from Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Investigators say he was shot with an automatic Uzi around 10 a.m. Monday while teaching a 9-year-old to use the gun. When she pulled the trigger, recoil sent the weapon flying over her head. Vacca was airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital where he died of his injuries.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/26/charles-vacca-shooting-instructor-dies-9-year-old_n_5717603.html

      • Say What

        Fred, don’t blame the messenger because you do not like the message! The original story (that you most likely like) is from CNN. People like you would say the same about CNN that you do about the Huffington Post! Hypocrite!
        (Note: sorry, the other post is in the wrong place!)

  • Say What

    Don’t blame the messenger because you do not like the message! The original story (that you most likely like) is from CNN. People like you would say the same about CNN that you do about the Huffington Post! Hypocrite!

  • fred

    say what , whats your opinion of Ms. Jarret hiring Rev. Al as a White House adviser? ( google, Freddies fashion mart.)

    • fred

      Say what , have you googled Feddies fashion mart YET, Why did the new White House adviser , order the burning down of Freddies fashion mart ? I would love your take on it.

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