Sherman ISD considering arming staffers

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The Sherman school board is testing the waters on the idea of arming some staff members and they're asking for parent and student feedback on the topic. They're calling it the Guardian Program.

The public hearing will be at the Sherman ISD Administration building on May 21. Administrators said they want to give parents and students an opportunity to voice their opinions on the possible Guardian Program.

"It's a form of school safety and security that's allowed under Texas law," said SISD spokesperson Emily Parks. "And what we're looking at is it provides the school districts the options to set criteria and eligibility for who might be authorized to carry a firearm on our campus."

School officials say Sherman Police already provide some security at a handful of schools. But following the Florida school shooting, which took the lives of seventeen people, administrators want to know if arming current staff members who are former law enforcement officers, to carry a gun on campus, is something parents want?

"The board understands this is an issue that will get much energy, one way or another so we will need input on the issue," said SISD School Board President TIm Millerick.

We're told three staff members fit that criteria and those staffers would volunteer and train for the program.

"That means that they have the knowledge and the training and they have all the pieces they need they know the safety and security pieces," Parks said.

"I think as long as they have a background in law enforcement and they have adequate training, I think it's a good idea," said Sherman local BJ Guimbellot.

Although Guimbellot supports arming select staffers, a Sherman High School senior we spoke with off camera said he was against it.

Based upon the feedback of the upcoming meeting, the school board president said they'll decide what direction they'll move forward with.

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