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Small district in Texas will let some teachers and staff carry a concealed firearm

May 13, 2022
The La Vernia district's Guardian Program will let some employees carry a firearm if they undergo training and pass psychological exams.

The La Vernia (Texas) school board has approved a program that will enable some teachers and staff members to carry a concealed firearm on campus. 

Participants in the district's Guardian Program must have a license to carry a firearm and complete 20 hours at a firing range and 20 hours of classroom training, KSAT-TV reports. They also must pass annual psychological exams and random drug tests.

“We had some unwanted visitors trying to make entry into the campus,” said Michael Duffek, director of safety and security for the La Vernia district, which has about 3,200 students. It is about 25 miles east of San Antonio.

Duffek said the weapons carried a guardians would be small and concealed at all times.

In a survey, 80% of the La Vernia district staff expressed support for the program.

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