Some East Texas school employees now armed

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Some employees at an East Texas school district are now armed on campus.

The Huntington Independent School District board passed the policy allowing some staff to carry arms in March, and beginning Friday they were able to arrive on campus with their weapons.

Superintendent Eric Wright told the Lufkin Daily News the board approved the new policy in response to the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December. Twenty children and six adults were killed in that incident.

Wright says staff with concealed carry permits that want to bring their arms on campus underwent several training programs, including a firearms proficiency test, a psychological evaluation, an active shooter class and a firearms safety course. He refused to name the armed staff members.

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