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Abbott says plans to arm school employees don't violate law

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says two plans for putting guns in the hands of school employees do not violate state law.

One is called The Guardian Plan, and the other is called the School Marshal Plan.

After the Dec. 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, schools around the country took up debate on whether to allow teachers and staff to carry weapons.

But even going back to 2007, the small school district of Harrold ISD near Wichita Falls began allowing guns on campus.

It marked the first time any school district permitted select teachers and staff to carry concealed weapons with proper licensing and a small amount of additional training, but no psychological testing.

In the last legislative session, State Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas proposed the School Marshal Plan.

It required psychological testing and at least two weeks of more intense law enforcement-type training.

Villalba is pleased, he says, that Abbott has now decided both plans are acceptable.

"We live in a world today where people are seeking to perpetuate harm against our children," said Villalba. "We need to find ways to protect them."

Craig Miller is DISD's police chief.

He says Abbott's decision primarily affects small, rural districts that don't have a strong police presence on campus.

But he thinks the attorney general should've thrown out the Guardian Plan and kept only the Marshal Plan because, if given a choice, he believes small rural districts may choose less expensive, but potentially more dangerous options.

"Anytime a person is put in a situation of handing a gun, they should undergo psychological evaluation to make sure that they're safe to be around guns," said Miller.

School districts that are interested in getting training under the Marshal

Plan will be able to do so this summer.

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