Drawing together two of the most contentious issues in state policy — firearms and kids — Texas lawmakers debated a $9.3 million plan Tuesday to train teachers for classroom gunfights.
As proposed by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, chairman of the Education Committee, the firearms training bill would apply to charter schools as well as public schools that do not already employ armed guards. It would pay for instruction on how to respond to an armed attack. Two employees at each school could take the class.
Several proposals to extend the reach of guns in schools have gained traction in the Legislature.
The Texas Department of Public Safety would oversee the 16 hours of instruction. Department Director Steven McCraw told lawmakers the proposed class would induct teachers who are already certified to carry concealed weapons, teaching them to first conceal children during an attack and then return fire.