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Childress ISD to allow select employees access to firearms

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The Childress Independent School District made the decision Monday to allow select employees to have access to firearms on campus.  The decision was unanimous.

"This past Monday our school board voted to pass a policy that allows certain staff to have access to firearms," said Childress ISD Superintendent Rick Teran.

The new policy, in its early stages, requires the weapons to be locked away and only a few will have the key.

"It could be an employee that we feel it would benefit the area and the campus that they are on," added Teran.

Those selected employees will go through a training process this summer and fall.

Darla Jones, whose eight-year-old granddaughter attends the elementary school, says a little extra protection is never a bad idea.

"Well I think it's alright," said Jones. "You know our kids need protecting without having to keep them at home and teach them."

But CISD is looking to add more than just a little protection.

"It's not just this area that we're addressing," explained Teran. "We're looking into cameras, we're looking into buzz locks so to speak for entry into our schools. Just all the things that have happened nationally, the issue in Connecticut, we just feel like we need to protect our students, we need to protect our staff."

"I feel better, I feel safer," continued Jones. "For everybody, not just the kids."

A sort of "life insurance" this school district hopes it never has to use.

"We don't ever want to use it," said Teran. "We hope that basically we're just wasting our money."

Teran said Childress modeled this new policy after the one already in place in Harold. Now, he hopes Childress can serve as a model to other school districts looking to do the same.

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