Panhandle Residents Wonder, Should Amarillo Teachers Carry Guns?

Mar 12, 2018

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A school district on the edge of Amarillo is now allowing certain teachers to carry concealed weapons, leaving some to wonder if the rest of Amarillo’s schools may be next.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the 900-student Highland Park ISD on Amarillo’s eastern edge has posted signs reading that the district, “has adopted policies that allow certain employees to carry concealed weapons on school property for the protection of our students and staff.”

Texas school districts are allowed for themselves whether they want to arm their teachers. Seventeen percent of Texas school districts now allow concealed carry among educators or other designated employees. Amarillo has not opted to enact the policy, but the district does have 11 police officers charged with protecting the students, with two stationed at each of the high schools in the city.