Temple ISD administrators discuss: Should teachers be allowed to carry guns?

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 2:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 2:49pm

We all know the issue of allowing teachers to carry guns is a hot topic in schools all across the country. Some say teachers should be allowed to arm themselves, while others argue there's more harm than good in that. On Tuesday morning, Temple ISD administrators met on the issue, and they say there are still too many unsolved questions right now that need to be addressed.

"As a parent, there's nothing more important than my child. I see no issue in defending my child with a firearm," said Adam Fitzer, owner of Texas Weapons Instructors.

Fitzer came to Tuesday's meeting, listening to the views of Temple ISD administrators, concerning whether or not teachers should be allowed to carry handguns.

"A lot of the liability issues haven't been answered yet," said Scott Moger, Temple ISD’s Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

Fitzer owns a weapons instruction school, where he's teaching other educators how to use the school to their advantage, with or without the use of a gun.

"A person can be trained in a short time. It's just a matter of how dedicated they are to continuing the training," said Fitzer.

Currently, school officials are examining the system that's already in place, which includes the presence of armed Temple police officers on campuses, alarms used specifically to alert the school of danger, and monthly drills. Administrators are also looking to see what neighboring districts are doing to address the issue of guns.

"Putting all our heads together, with different districts, and having, you know, the same conversations, then we come up with better questions," said Moger.

At this point, Temple ISD administrators say the cons of allowing teachers to carry guns on campus outweigh the pros.

"What are the trainings? What happens when something goes wrong? Where do you store the gun? Who funds the gun?" said Moger.

So, for now, school leaders say they're looking to see what the state legislature is doing because the last thing Temple ISD officials want to do is hastily put guns in the hands of teachers.

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