May 24, 2013 7:42 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
SINTON - Governor Rick Perry is considering a bill that will allow some teachers to have a gun in the classroom. Supporters of this bill believe it's necessary to keep our kids safe,but some teachers fear it will put children's safety at risk.
It's tragedies like the Newton, Connecticut that has prompted Texas lawmakers to increase security in our schools. And they believe trained teachers with their concealed handgun licenses is the next step in keeping our kids safe at school
But superintendent Steve VanMatre has some reservations.
"Having guns in every classroom in a locked box, I think the opportunity for accidents greatly increases," says Steve VanMatre, Superintendent Sinton ISD.
Sinton ISD believes bringing a gun in to the classroom brings along too many variables and that teachers primary focus should be educating their students.
Smith Middle School teacher Erika Persaud says her job is to educate and a gun in a classroom is simply not safe.
"When you are talking about kids in a class room whether it's in a lockbox, whether it's in a secure location kids are always curious. I know my students are allowed to touch and go through anything in this room because it's their room as well," says Persaud
If approved by Governor Perry, these teachers would pose as a special type law enforcement officers for schools who don't already have security on their campuses. The firearm would be kept in a locked box within immediate reach while in the classroom.
Already on Sinton's school campuses armed guards patrol the halls .
John Delgao, a former military man now coach and history teacher, believes armed security should be left up to the trained professionals.
"I like fact that the security has one job and he is not carry five hats, he's not responsible for athletics or teaching a class. He's responsible for safety so he is able to focus directly on that," says Delgao
The ultimate final decision on whether to allow teachers to carry guns will come from the each district's school board.