Some Central Texas teachers could spend Spring Break training for how they would respond to a gunman on campus.
The Capital Area Council of Governments, made up of area governing leaders from 10 area counties, is conducting a five-day course to give teachers tactical training in how and when to shoot at an intruder. It’s the kind of training that police officers routinely get. The participant receives a simulator weapon that does not fire live rounds, but produces the same recoil and sound as a live weapon.
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Central Texas school districts’ responses to offer of gun training for teachers
Austin: “While the Austin Independent School District respects the choice of other districts to send their teachers to a gun training sponsored by the Capital Area Council of Governments, AISD will not be sending its teachers to the training.”
Round Rock: “We do not tell our teachers what they should or should not attend during their vacation and it is too early for our district to take a stand on this matter.”
Leander: “As a district we are greatly concerned about safety and we are working to improve our security measures for our district, as all schools across the country are doing. What our staff do on their time to further their personal safety is completely an individual choice.”
Pflugerville: “It would be the personal choice of teachers to attend.”
Hays: “Hays CISD neither endorses nor discourages participation in the CAPCOG Advanced Concealed Handgun Training for Teachers class. It is a course offered to certified educators who would be attending on their own time, at their own expense, and by their own choice.”
Del Valle: “DVISD has just received this information (from you) and has, therefore, yet to determine any action.”
Georgetown: “At this time we have no plans to allow teachers to carry concealed hand guns on our campuses. Therefore, we will not be sending staff to the training.”
Eanes: “Eanes ISD would leave the decision to attend to the individual.”
Dripping Springs: “The district does not plan to encourage staff members to enroll in the class, nor would it discourage those who are interested and fit the requirements from taking it over spring break.”
Smithville: “We’re not going to keep teachers from attending this type of training but we’re not going to promote it either. Let’s see where our legislators direct us to go. One of the most important things is where does our local community want us to go on this?”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Texas gun law. The law prohibits anyone from carrying a gun into a school building unless authorized by the school district. But the law does not prohibit people from having a legally possessed firearm on school driveways, sidewalks and parking lots.