Seems that Bonham I.S.D. is trying to quietly make an important security upgrade for the safety of the staff and students.
BONHAM, TX – Under a new security program, some Bonham ISD staff members will be carrying concealed handguns at school.
Bonham ISD’s Superintendent tells News 12 his instructors are teachers, not a swat team–however under the district’s Defender Program, a select, trained, and qualified few will be armed.
Bonham ISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty says more than 80 staff members have applied for the District’s new Defender Program, to carry a concealed handgun at school.
“Of that group we will trim that down and there will be some actively in the program and we’ll have some alternates as well,” said Beaty.
Dr. Beaty says those who will carry a gun will be teachers, coaches, and administrators, “Nobody will know who they are but me and the campus principals. We’ll know who they are.”
He says the candidates will be thoroughly vetted, examined by a campus psychologist, and go through extensive training on the shooting range before they’re selected.
Bonham seems to be following the template set by Harrold ISD; training, pysch eval, confidentiality of the carriers; all the elements needed to satisfy legal and insurance liabilities. I know of three North Texas districts that have or are going to armed staff as part of their security. Harrold ISD has had it for years now; still waiting on the reports of problems. So far not one teacher who has snapped, no one gun stolen, etc.
One of the things that jumped out at me was the number of volunteers — over 80; in a school district that has less than 2,000 students! Doesn’t that seem like a pretty high percentage of the probable number of total employees?
That’s Texas for ya.