David Thweatt, superintendent of tiny Harrold school district in northwest Texas, believes his staff is prepared to respond to incidents such as the horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday–an undisclosed number of staff members and teachers carry concealed handguns.
“Is that 100 percent? No,” Thweatt said Friday in a telephone interview. “Nothing is 100 percent. But what we do know is that we’ve done all we can to protect our children.”
At the time the plan was put in place, Harrold, about 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, was the only known public school district in Texas and the U.S. that allowed staff members and teachers to carry concealed weapons. Thweatt said he knows of some other district that have since adopted similar policies, but declined to name them.
Harrold school officials do not announce which teachers are “packing” and those participating must have proper concealed carry licenses. They must also be approved by the school board to carry on school grounds.