Chico to allow armed teachers

By Brian Knox | Published Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Chico ISD has become the second Wise County school to approve a policy to allow certain teachers to carry guns on campus as defense against a school shooter situation.

At Thursday night’s meeting, the school board by a 4-1 vote approved a change in the school policy which will authorize specific district employees to carry firearms on campus. The details of the actual plan itself are still being worked out, Superintendent Don Elsom said.

“We’re working on the plan and have been for awhile, but we’ll hopefully have the final plan (ready) by the start of school and work through the training program,” he said.

Participation in the program, which is based on the Guardian Plan, will be voluntary. Elsom said all potential participants will undergo psychological evaluations and the proper background checks.

According to the policy, any participant must maintain a current license to carry a handgun under state law. Participants must also undergo training in crisis intervention, management of hostage situations and other related topics.

The policy also states that only district-approved ammunition will be permitted in the firearms.

All district employees participating in the program will remain strictly confidential, according to the policy.

The school board heard a presentation on the Guardian Plan at their meeting in April before discussing their options in closed session.

Another Wise County school, Alvord ISD, in April approved a Guardian Plan to arm certain school employees.

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