Jonesboro: Central Texas School District Arms Teachers

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

JONESBORO (February 3, 2013) --- Jonesboro ISD recently adopted a teacher firearm policy they call the Guardian Angel Program (GAP).

Some of their 14 teachers have concealed handgun licenses and are being trained to respond to emergency situations.

Jonesboro ISD Superintendent Matt Dossey said it was the only way to increase security at the rural district just north of Gatesville.

There are 173 students enrolled in Jonesboro ISD and Dossey said there was no room in the budget to hire a school resource officer on campus.

While teachers will have to have a CHL that isn't the only program requirement.

"We go through crisis intervention training, we go through hostage management situations, we're gonna require a psycholigacal evaluation of all members on the team and instead of one time criminal background checks we'll do yearly criminal background checks," Dossey said.

Jonesboro ISD and a handful of other districts in Texas currently have teacher firearm policies in place.

Parents like Angela Cardenas said she supports the policy.

Cardenas has a 5-year-old daughter at Jonesboro and said she worries if something were to happen at the school first responders may not be able to arrive in time to help.

"Knowing that someone is carrying a weapon here and there is some sort of fighting chance for these kids if something like that should happen, well it's a good idea to me," Cardenas said.

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