S&S CISD School Board votes to allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus

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SADLER, TX -- S&S CISD School Board voted in their meeting, Thursday night, to implement the Defender Program.

"There's some back and forth discussion and it's a pretty important topic and as you know a controversial topic," said S&S CISD Superintendent, Tommy Hunter, "And for all seven of us to agree is a pretty major ordeal so we're hoping tonight that we can all get on the same page and move forward."

Hunter says the Defender Program will be implemented as an added safety measure.

He says with an increase in violent attacks at schools in recent years student safety is more important than ever.

Qualified defenders would have to have a concealed handgun license, and go through a three day firearm training before being able to carry their unloaded guns on campus.

The defender could choose to carry or store their gun in a locked box in each classroom.

Hunter says after last week's public hearing on the issue, he's received a mixed response to the program but the majority of parents he's spoken to are in favor of the program.

"I believe that they have taken the time to vet those teachers that they are going to be able to responsibly carry those weapons and I believe the teachers themselves know that they're just taking on that extra responsibility," said Parent, Jeremy Cox.

The Defender Program will be implemented this fall. Faculty and staff will go through training this summer.

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