Texas Teachers Allowed to Carry Guns

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2008 5:30 PM CDT
Teachers in a small Texas school district will be allowed to bring guns to school in the fall.   (AP Photo/John Schmid)
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(Newser) – A tiny school district in Texas will allow its teachers to bring guns to class this fall in what may be the first such move in the nation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The district says the move will deter school shootings or help teachers defend students if one occurs. Teachers will need a state permit and special training to bring their weapons.

"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started," said the school superintendent. "Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying 'sic ’em’ to a dog." The 110-student district is apparently the first elementary or secondary school to sanction armed teachers, the Star-Telegram notes.