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Argyle ISD to allow select employees to arm themselves

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Selected school employees will soon be packing heat on campuses in the small Denton County town of Argyle, north of Fort Worth.

The school board voted Tuesday night to approve a final measure to put the plan into place that allows for armed employees.

The district says it has successfully completed a pilot training program and that it has rigorously evaluated the volunteers who will participate in the program.

Next, they say that they'll post signs at the campuses warning criminals that if they come onto campus with a gun, they may encounter armed school personnel.

It's been reported that the program could begin as soon as next week.

The district wouldn't confirm an exact time, adding that it wouldn't make the details public, and as a result, the school district did not respond to questions about how many staff members will be armed at the four schools.

The state law that allows such a program was signed into law by Gov. Perry, and it orders each of the volunteers to undergo a psychological evaluation, 80 hours of training, ongoing training, and they have to be re-qualified every two years.

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