Some Employees Of One Texas School District Now Armed

LUFKIN (October 18, 2013)--Some employees of the Huntington Independent School District in East Texas are now carrying firearms on campus.

The Huntington School board passed a policy in March allowing some staff members to carry arms, and beginning Friday those who qualified arrived on campus with their weapons.

The board approved the new policy after to the deadly shootings at in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed, Superintendent Eric Wright said.

Wright said staff members with concealed carry permits who want to bring arms to campus underwent several training programs, including a firearms proficiency test, a psychological evaluation, an active shooter class and a firearms safety course.

He declined to name the armed staff members.