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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Only in Texas

It may seem that I’m fixated on guns this week, but I couldn’t resist the following, oh-so-true story reported by Reuters wire service.
The school board of a small Texas school district has unanimously approved a policy that would allow teachers to bring guns to class this fall. It is believed, not surprisingly, to be a first in the United States. Parents have not objected.

The superintendent says that it’s a matter of safety and that they’re some distance from the nearest law enforcement agency.

"We have a lock-down situation, we have cameras, but the question we had to answer is, 'What if somebody gets in? What are we going to do?" he said. "It's just common sense."

To their credit, there are requirements that the teachers must be certified to carry a concealed handgun in Texas and that they get crisis training and permission from school officials

The rural school system has about 110 students and is 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

The superintendent calls it common sense. I call it scary.

The policy adds a whole new dimension to classroom management. Didn’t do your homework? KA-POW – shot to the foot. Disrupted the class? KA-POW – to the kneecap. And I don’t think I’d want to be around for the faculty vs. student basketball game. It could get ugly.

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