Local Teacher Raises Red Flag Over Concealed Guns In Classrooms

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email

WACO (January 20, 2012)-Talks of allowing handguns on campus in Texas has left many rattled. Yet, one local CHL instructor says he's helped over 500 local teachers get a concealed handgun license in the past month.

The State of Texas has a ban on guns in schools, unless a school district gives written authorization.

According to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, 78 Texas school districts don't meet state safety standards to protect students.

Since the shootings in Newtown, Conn., Texas lawmakers have contemplated filing legislation that would allow teachers in Texas the right to conceal and carry while on campus.

It's an idea that doesn't sit well with veteran school teacher Mary Duty.

"It's sickening that the classroom has become a place of fear," Duty said

"It's a place where we always have to watch the door now."

Duty has spent 14 years molding minds inside the classroom. She backs the second amendment, but when the thought of arming teachers to protect students enters her mind, she cringes.

"A teacher has a lot to do. We've got teaching to do, we've got bookkeeping to do, and we have relationship building to do," Duty said.

"We can't build relationships with a .45."

The list of responsibilities that teachers in Texas face is constantly getting larger. "Protecting students" may soon be higher on that list.

But Duty firmly believes being "locked and loaded" as a teacher will never help her students.

"To take that one place in the day where they can go and feel safe, and violate it with a firearm? I think it's a little too much," Duty said.

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