In August, teachers in Archer City school's will be able to shoot back to protect students if a gunman ever took over the campus.
Officials from the Archer City Independent School District are asking the school board to allow teachers to carry concealed handguns. Tonight the board did vote to allow teachers to carry handguns. Assistant Superintendent C.D. Knobloch said they've considered having a security guard on campus but the school buildings are too spread out and it would be too much ground for one person to cover.
Some residents agree that it's teachers who should step up in case of an emergency.
"I think they should carry them openly, I think they should have them strapped on like a detective or a police officer and I think that would repel a lot of people. To get county or the highway patrol here in an incident it's going to take a really long time," said an Archer City resident.
Armed teachers would just be an additional safety measure the schools would be putting in place. More security cameras have been installed and classrooms now have deadbolt locks. The control access system will also be upgraded. But many residents think the schools should stick to those improvements and keep guns banned.
"A gun could be left in the wrong place, a student could get a hold of it and something could happen. Accidents happen all the time," said a resident of Archer City.
Another resident agrees, "I'm not against having guns. I think everyone should have a gun because that's just a right we have but I just don't want people to carry them in schools. You can't carry them in a courthouse or places like that so I don't see why you would carry them in schools."
If the school board approves the policy only some teachers will be selected to carry a gun. Their names would remain confidential and they would go through a training program over the summer.
The school board will take a final vote tonight at 7:00p.m. at the administration building.