Some Texas teachers pack heat on 1st day of school

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by Associated Press

wfaa.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 4:14 PM

HARROLD, Texas - Along with normal first-day jitters and excitement, students in the tiny North Texas district of Harrold started school today wondering which teachers were carrying guns.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Lira, a senior, said it was kind of awkward knowing some teachers were carrying guns.

"I don't feel like they should because we already have locked doors and cameras, but I didn't feel threatened

by it," he said.

While some parents said they felt their children were safer, others opposed the plan.

Several parents said they had no idea that school employees were allowed to carry concealed guns on campus until recent publicity about the school board's policy, approved quietly last fall. They said they were upset that the rural community near the Oklahoma border had not been able to give input.

Harrold Superintendent David Thweatt said the board approved the policy in an October open meeting that had been publicized. He said the decision was made after nearly two years of researching the best school security options.

There are 110 students in the red-brick Harrold school.

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