BRENHAM, Texas -- The shooting Monday at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada comes as Brenham ISD in Washington County continues to consider letting its teachers become the latest school employees to carry guns for protection.
The idea surfaced months ago in response to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy and other school shootings. Brenham ISD Superintendent Sam Bell says the concept is still being strongly considered in Brenham.
"It speaks for society that we even have to discuss this and talk about it in today's society, but we do," Bell said to Brenham television station KBTX.
The Brenham Angel Guardian Program has been subject to at least five school board discussions, including Monday night, but trustees say they are not yet ready to vote on the issue. The plan proposes that teachers, who would have a concealed handgun license, volunteer anonymously for law enforcement training that would qualify them to keep a gun in a safe on school grounds.
"I would like to think that they're safe here, but you watch the news and you know that they're not that it can happen anywhere," parent Beth Schramm told KBTX. "I would rather them be armed and protected and be able to protect themselves and our children."
“I feel like security guards and policemen should be able to do this. Not teachers," said retired teacher Lasandra Sanders, who is gathering signatures on a petition to oppose the plan.
For several years now school staff members have been allowed access to guns in the rural north Texas town of Harrold. Thirteen school districts in Arkansas also recently received approval to do the same.
The Brenham ISD superintendent says it may be several more months before their decision is made.