Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:47 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Jan 23, 2013 6:45 PM
SINTON - Guards carrying guns, are now on patrol at all school campus in Sinton. It's part of the district's plan to improve security and keep students safe.
Wednesday, parents dropped off their kids knowing that, for the first time, an armed guard would be watching over their children.
I asked grandparent Norma Blanco, "Do you feel safer dropping your kids off here?"
She replied, "Yes, I do. Well, because they're going to be protected. And especially the teachers are going to be aware of everything."
And she's not the only one, despite the controversy over the concept, Sinton ISD Superintendent, Steve VanMatre says he has received nothing but good feedback from the parents.
"There's nothing that we do that is more important than keeping the kids safe. It's even more important than teaching and learning," said VanMatre.
VanMatre tells me, the school board was able to slightly expand their budget to help hire three security guards from a local security company, one for each of the campuses.
Steve told me, "We're not going to let something that may cost a little bit more extra money, get in the way of keeping the kids safe and secure."
I found 24 year old Kevin Pena in the hallway, carrying a semi-automatic pistol in its holster, ready to go, should anything terrible happen.
"I'd give my life for any of these kids, you know. I think kids are a precious thing," said Pena.
He says he's training to be a police officer and the chance to protect children couldn't be a better job for him, he says especially considering the terrifying incident in Newtown.
"Just to see the things that have happened recently, it makes you think, you know? Certain things like this, this calls for armed security at schools like this. We definitely do need it," Pena said.
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