The Harrold School Board believes it is not only legal, but a good idea. They say they researched the idea for about a year before instituting it. They point to Texas law which prohibits guns on campus "unless pursuant to the written regulations or written authorization of the institution." They point out the fact that the Board has given the written authorization.
But the Brady Center cites a section of the education code that they believe makes it illegal. It says, "If a board of trustees authorizes a person employed as security personnel to carry a weapon, the person must be a commissioned peace officer."
An attorney for the Board counters that this section refers only to security guards hired by the district. They may technically be right. The section does specifically refer to security guards. But doesn't this violate the spirit of that section of the law?
How much sense does it make to require a security guard to be a commissioned peace officer to carry a gun, but apply a much less strict standard to teachers, cooks, janitors , maintenance, etc.? Shouldn't the same rule apply to anyone who wishes to carry a firearm? It seems obvious that when the law was written, the writers did not conceive of anyone but a security guard being allowed to carry a weapon.
When Texas instituted its concealed carry law, it was recognized that it was neither appropriate nor legal to carry a weapon into certain places. It is illegal for anyone to carry a weapon into a government building, a courtroom, an airport or even a bar. I think most people expected schools to also be on that list. How much sense does it make to ban a gun in a bar where only adults are allowed, but to allow them in schools where we must send our children?
It now looks like this may be headed to court, and that's probably a good thing. In fact, this issue should be addressed and clarified by the legislature. Do we really want minimally trained and psychologically unvetted people carrying guns around our children?
This is just a really bad idea, and it should be stopped.