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Some Colorado ISD teachers will be armed next school year

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One in four districts in Texas have staff members with guns on campus.

And starting the next school year, Colorado ISD will be one of those districts.

"When I first came here eight years ago, someone had mentioned it and I was dead set against it," said Colorado ISD Superintendent, Reggy Spencer.

"We assumed we sent our kids to school and they're safe," said Robin Senter, counselor at Colorado Middle School.

"Going into education in the last 26 years, it has really changed so much," said Melinda Alexander, principal at Colorado Elementary School.

Now more schools in the Big Country and the state are implementing different policies to allow teachers to carry guns in schools.

The "CKC" policy requires a district employee to maintain a current license to carry a handgun, in accordance with Texas state law.

Spencer said his district's policy will go a step further in requiring additional training.

"We take this serious," Spencer said. "We're not going to just pass a policy and say okay now you can carry a handgun. We're going to make sure that you're qualified to carry that handgun on our campuses."

At a cost of $1,500 a day, 12 members of Colorado ISD staff will undergo a 4-5 day training session. Only those who pass will be allowed to anonymously carry guns on campus, beginning the 2018-19 school year.

Spencer said at least 24 staff members have shown interest in participating in the program. Of those 24, the teachers who will take part will be approved by the school board at their next meeting.

The training is set to take place May 23-26.

"I like the program in this day in time," Senter said. "I don't think everyone should carry by any means and I think our board will be very selective of who they approve and how many."

Although there haven't been any close calls in Colorado ISD schools, suspects who were being sought near the district's athletic fields resulted in students being sent into lockdown just two weeks ago.

"It sure made us think even more about. It can happen, maybe not if it happens but when it happens," said Spencer.

"As a community it's our job to protect our children and as a community. If we feel like this is one more measure, we can take to protect or little ones they're our future, and if we don't take that measure to protect them, we may not have a future," said Alexander.

Spencer said the cost of the training will not take away from other school funding and will be paid by the fund balance.


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