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North Texas school district considers letting staffers carry guns

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A North Texas school district is considering allowing concealed guns on school campuses.

The Cleburne Independent School District discussed the proposition as part of a broad security overhaul package during Tuesday's board meeting.

"Bad guys don't listen to what's on the door or what our legislators say or what you or parents think," Brad Stevens said during public comments.

He is a parent who is also a Hill College professor. He has a concealed handgun license and would love to carry a gun in school.

"We have two sacred responsibilities to protect our children, our families and to protect our students," he said.

The issue was put on the agenda after the Connecticut school shooting in December. Several school districts across the country are examining whether teachers and school employees should be armed.

Two rural Texas school districts have already voted to allow teachers and staff to carry weapons. Harrold ISD and Union Grove ISD both allow concealed-carry in schools, but both of those districts have considerably fewer students than Cleburne.

Parents who came to hear the discussion hoped it was not a knee jerk reaction.

"We want them if someone showed up with a gun. They would know how to handle themselves. But on the other hand, kids make messes. They get into things. Would a kid or someone unstable get their gun?" said Jana Bennett, a parent.

The board also considered measures to secure front entries at all elementary schools and add security cameras to elementary schools. The CISD junior high and high schools already have security cameras.

No action was taken Tuesday night.

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