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Texas school district rule allows staff to ‘use whatever force is necessary’ to protect students

ARGYLE, Texas (CBS Houston) -- A new rule within a school district is allowing staff to carry weapons and use whatever force is necessary to protect students.

The Argyle Independent School District approved the policy in January to allow some teachers to act as the long arm of the law under the states Protection of Texas Children Act. Signs posted on campuses within the district read, Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.

I trust that the administrators of this school district will put my kids best interest at heart, parent Lacey Fenoglio told KDAF. I think if a tragedy does occur, lives can be saved by guns being in the right hands, and I think the teachers here might be able to stop something like that and life can be saved.

Teachers who carry weapons must have and maintain a handgun license, pass a psychological evaluation and undergo firearms and emergency response training.

Dr. Telena Wright, Argyle Independent School District Superintendent, told KDAF that continuous training is required and that some staff members were trained during summer break.

The names and phone numbers of staff members who are carrying weapons will not be released due to safety concerns.

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