Teachers Can Carry Guns in Texas

August 15, 2008


A tiny Texas school district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements.

The small community of Harrold in north Texas is a 30-minute drive from the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office, leaving students and teachers without protection, said David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District. The lone campus of the 110-student district sits near a heavily traveled highway, which could make it a target, he argued.

“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog,” Thweatt said in a story published Friday on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Web site.

Barbara Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Association of School Boards, said her organization did not know of another district with such a policy. Ken Trump, a Cleveland, Ohio-based school security expert who advises districts nationwide, said Harrold is the first district with such a policy.

Trustees approved the policy change last year, and it takes effect when classes begin this month. For employees to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, must be authorized to carry by the district, must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and must use ammunition designed to minimize the risk of ricocheting bullets.

Officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change, Thweatt said. The district also has other measures in place to prevent a school shooting, he said.

“The naysayers think [a shooting] won’t happen here. If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them,” Thweatt said.

Texas law outlaws firearms at schools unless specific institutions allow them.

It isn’t clear how many of the 50 or so teachers and staff members will be armed this fall, because Thweatt did not disclose that information, to keep it from students or potential attackers.

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San Diego State Drug Bust Tied To Fraternities

May 7, 2008

After what authorities are calling a major drug bust at San Diego State Univeristy, it has become clear that there were members of certain fraternities involved in supposedly openly dealing drugs on campus. The investigation was started last year with the cocaine overdose death of a sorority member ultimately lead to the arrest of 96 people of which 75 were San Diego State University students. Another drug-related death happened during the course of the investigation. Of the people arrested, 29 people were arrested during the early-morning Tuesday raids on nine locations including a fraternity, Theta Chi. Agents of the DEA found cocaine, ecstacy, and three guns. Of those arrested, 18 were wanted on warrants for selling to undercover agents. Theta Chi and five other fraternities have been suspended pending a hearing. This law enforcement investigation was dubbed, Operation Sudden Fall, as if the Drug War waas taking a page out of the book of Afghanistan.

There is speculation that profits may have been used in the financing of the fraternity.

More on this story as it unfolds.

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