Texas School District Moves to Train Staff to be Armed for Defense

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Texas School District Moves to Train More Staff to be Armed for Defense

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-— On Monday, December 12, 2022, the Keller School District board voted to implement the School Guardian program for the District. The Keller Independent School District (ISD), with over 35,000 students, is one of the largest in the state. From The epochtimes.com :

A large North Texas school district is moving forward with its plan to allow armed staff members to protect students in the event of an active shooter situation.

On Monday night, the board of trustees for the Keller Independent School District (KISD) approved the decision in a 4–3 vote. The district, which serves more than 35,000 students, is set to become the largest in North Texas to implement a guardian program.

The new policy would be on a volunteer basis with a high degree of oversight. The program would require a rigorous selection process. Participants would undergo a law enforcement psychological exam, a physical, and firearm testing with requalification twice a year.

In September 2013, Texas passed legislation that authorized School Districts to participate in programs designed to aid in the protection of schools. One was the school Marshal program, which required intense training and limited School Marshals to one per 200 students; the other was the school Guardian plan which allowed much more flexibility and required 15 to 20 hours of training per school guardian.

It appears relatively few school districts have participated in the School Marshal program. Ballotpedia lists 1022 school districts in Texas. Four hundred forty-five school districts are participating in the School Guardian program, as of October of 2022, according to the article in the Epoch Times.  The vote for the program was 4 to 3. Keller ISD Board President Charles Randklev explained his decision to vote for the program. From communityimpact.com:

For Board President Charles Randklev, it came down to timing.

“The average time it takes for police to arrive on campus when there’s an active shooter is between two and a half to three and a half minutes. What can we do to help protect our students and staff during that time?” he said. “The guardian program is meant to help students and staff from an active shooter prior to law enforcement’s arrival.”

Trustee Micah Young echoed Randklev’s point about addressing those critical first few minutes before law enforcement arrives on scene.

“At Sandy Hook, we lost a child every two seconds. At some point we have to ask ourselves, ‘At what point do we put the opportunity in our favor and stop the violence? How long are we willing to wait?’” Young said.

Parent Dixie Davis disapproved of the idea of armed teachers. From campussafetymagazine.com:

“I do not want this program, period,” she said. “There is no way I would feel safe sending my kid to school knowing a teacher is packing, no matter how well-trained. Why haven’t we seen details about how this program works?”

Keller ISD currently has 16 School Resource Officers (SRO), currently assigned.  The cost of the 16 SROs is over 1.7 Million dollars a year.  That is over $100,000 per year per SRO. School Guardians cost about $800 – $1000 to train a year. A school can have about 100 trained Guardians for the cost of one SRO.  A number of private companies offer the training.

The Overton ISD, a small district east of Dallas, is also considering joining the Guardian program: From dentonrc.com:

Overton ISD is considering joining the Texas Guardian Program, which would allow district employees who have passed a series of requirements to be armed on campus.

The district is expected to vote on the measure in the coming months and has reached out to the community for input. Overton ISD recently announced its interest in the program on Facebook, providing a survey to get feedback.

Through my research, I have been unable to find a school district using the Guardian program, which has had a mass murder event.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Vince

Teachers and other public-school personnel made the personal decision whether to arm themselves to protect the children for the first 215 years in our country. The randomness of who and how many were armed on any given day was an effective deterrent in preventing public school shootings. Once this security blanket keeping our public schools safe was removed by the Joe Biden sponsored 1990 No Gun Zone Federal law the mass shootings began! Since then, 170 public school children have been slaughtered so far and counting. As an aside, this law does not affect private schools, where most politicians sent… Read more »

PMinFl

If you “don’t feel safe sending your kid(s) to school knowing a teacher is packing, however well trained” then you shouldn’t FEEL SAFE with any teacher however UNtrained they are. If they are anti gun they might be well trained in alternate sexuality and “Drag Queen(r)” indoctrination. Your choice.

The Crimson Pirate

The idea that we need a rigorous selection process or training is nothing more than caving in to the idea that only certain special people should be armed. We do not need to give in to that or reinforce it. Simply remove restrictions that prevent people who are legally able to carry in their state from doing so in schools and let each and every person do as they like.

Jonesy

A parent with the name: Dixie Davis, you would think that she would be the first to uphold this program. Trying to protect schools from accross the street or five miles from the school is not working. I also find that those that say it cannot be done are democrats and we know what they want.

Darkman

The F.A.S.T.E.R. program is one of the top notch training programs in the nation for training Teachers, Administrates, and other School Employees in active shooter scenario training. It covers both unarmed training courses and Armed training courses for those school districts that wish to go that route..

Finnky

I find the medical training aspect of FASTER to be central to their approach. No matter how fast a shooter is stopped, police will secure a scene before allowing paramedics to enter. This introduces a delay far longer than the time it takes to bleed out. Trained staff, already on site, providing immediate trauma care could prove as beneficial as their shooting skills. First aid skills will also prove invaluable for all sorts of other events. Since schools can encourage trauma training for all, only insisting as condition to carry – a staff member applying med skills will not reveal… Read more »

incorrigible

Sad, that this necessary, but necessary it is. In addition to response time, there is the question of effectiveness once the police arrive, which has been from excellent to terrible.

Bill

Super! Yes we need to protect our students and ban schools with gun bans!

Bill N

Obviously, these objecting parents learned nothing from the most recent Texas school shooting. The cops got there and did nothing to stop the shooter? What kind of real police officer does something like that? reminds me of the spinster old maid teacher in Florida after the Stoneman shooting. “We aren’t supposed to protect the children, we teach the children”. If memory serves me right no one asked granny to pack a weapon. I would wager a fairly large number of teachers are military veterans and would be the first to volunteer to carry concealed.

92vin

I think it’s a very good decision to have armed teachers and security guards in schools. It just might be better not to say which school are participating in the program. If these maniacs don’t know which schools have armed personnel maybe they will not target any of the schools.

ThomasBR

I support this initiative of the school district. Texas has a fairly low crime rate (compared to the national average). Recently, I paid for assignments https://papersowl.com/pay-for-assignment to collect up-to-date statistics. In my opinion and data from the campuses of all universities, such a model will ensure the safety of students.

loveaduck

I was not knocking self-defense nor anything else. I simply put up the actual history so folks can make their own cases on school shootings.

Patriot Solutions

Here ya go Dean. Thought you might enjoy this link since our bs’er in house multipule personality jab monkey account holder Leo gave you unjustified grief over your story trying to protect his thin blue line when this incident originally occured. Remember when he got all butt hurt and swore he would never read your articles again then ran off and pouted like a cry baby? That was funny.

https://www.activistpost.com/2022/12/cop-found-guilty-for-killing-innocent-woman-through-window-as-she-played-video-games-with-nephew.html

Last edited 1 month ago by Patriot Solutions
Arny

Another CONCERNED neighbor getting someone shot by LEO.