SKIDMORE-TYNAN- Some staff in the Skidmore-Tynan school district will be allowed to carry guns on campuses. The school district joins the Texas School Guardian Program.
Starting this fall, select staff will be armed in each of the district’s three schools, protecting around 830 students and 125 staff. Volunteer staff will need to obtain a license to carry, undergo rigorous training and pass a psych evaluation.
The superintendent says they felt the need to offer students protection and have a way to respond to an active shooting on campuses should it ever happen. The district could have paid for a police force but decided to apply funds towards other areas.
In addition to Guardians, S-TISD will offer counseling and mental health services to students. The district is also looking into an app to notify parents, and secondary door locks are being installed in classrooms.
So far, parents are okay with the decision.