Argyle, TX – When visitors enter the campus of a school in Argyle, Texas, they will be greeted by a sign, which warns, “Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”
According to CBS Houston, the Argyle Independent School District approved the policy in January, choosing to “allow some teachers to act as the long arm of the law under the state’s Protection of Texas Children Act.”
The Protection of Texas Children Act was passed in May 2013. It permits the creation of school marshals, who carry concealed weapons and respond in emergency situations regarding active shooters.
Some parents in Argyle think the new enforcement in their children’s schools is right on track. One parent, Lacy Fenoglio, told CNN Wire, “I trust that the administrators of this school district will put my kid’s best interest at heart.”
“I think if a tragedy does occur, lives can be saved by guns being in the right hands,” said Fenoglio. “I think the teachers here might be able to stop something like that and life can be saved.”
Dr. Telena Wright, the Superintendent of Argyle ISD, told NewsFix that the names of the teachers armed with concealed weapons would not be released, due to safety reasons, and that those teacher who were carrying weapons, are required to have “continuous training.”
In January, Wright told the Dallas Morning News that having armed staff provides the answer to the question: “What about the first 1 to 2 minutes in a crisis situation where there’s an armed shooter?” Wright went on to say, “That seems to be a horrific situation that all schools across the nation are attempting to address.”
“This is our answer to how we best protect our students,” Wright said.