By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 CROCKETT – The Crockett Independent School District will join many other Texas school districts in employing armed staff to ensure student and staff safety, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, CISD Superintendent Terry Myers indicated during a meeting with media representatives on Thursday, Aug. 2.

“This has been something the Board of Education and Administration have been considering for a couple of years,” the superintendent stated.

“Considering the recent school tragedies of the last school year, we can no longer maintain the status quo and hope no tragedy happens here in Crockett. We must take ‘unprecedented’ precautions and be as ‘prepared and preventative’ as possible to protect our students and staff in our community,” Myers stated.

He further indicated any staff member who is armed will have received firearm safety training and will have met guidelines for firearm proficiency. Local law enforcement will be involved in training and procedures surrounding this measure.

“We are very aware of the seriousness of this decision. We have considered the repercussions of making this decision and we have considered the repercussions of maintaining our present status quo. WE believe it is in the best safety interests of our school district that we implement arming our staff, if for no other reason than to send a strong message to evil doers that our district will protect our students and staff with our very lives if necessary,” Myers expressed.

For detailed coverage on this matter, please check back online or see the Sunday, August 5 edition of The Messenger.

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