KENNEDALE, Texas — Up to 1,000 school employees are invited to take a free cocealed handgun licence training class next month.
Slain former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle had planned to help with the class, while Dalworthington Gardens police chief Bill Waybourn did most of the teaching.
The chief said the idea is in keeping with Kyle's philosophy to serve those who serve.
"This is about education, not pushing policy," Waybourn said. "We are not pushing any policy."
Waybourn said he's aware that the class could add to controversy surrounding the arming of teachers. He said it should be a district decision, but that any school employee who is armed should have much more training than the basic course he is offering.
The nation's top teachers unions and the United Educators Association of Fort Worth say they oppose arming teachers.
Although the classroom instruction is free, Waybourn said there is a $10 entry fee, and participants must provide their own ammunition.
The course is set for April 6 at the Kennedale High School performing arts center. A district spokeswoman said KISD is not considering allowing school employees to bring firearms to school.