WTR wrote:I don't think we need government involvement either. While even one student death is tragic, since 2012 there has been 239 school shootings out of approx. 128,000 schools, There has benn 438 injuries out of which 138 were fatal. This out of approx. 51 million students.
School districts in Texas can allow staff having an LTC to carry in the buildings. In addition, the Texas legislature directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to create a certification course in accordance with Texas Government Code §411.1901 to teach employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school about responsibilities related to school safety. DPS has trained and certified several Texas instructors to present this course.
I took the course at KR Training in December, 2017, and have my certificate. In addition to the other things I learned in the 18 hour course, I have shown I can achieve over 90% on the Texas LTC course of fire, pass the DPS Shooting Under Duress exercise, and pass the shooting course for a major Texas city police department.
This training seems applicable to businesses and churches, as well as school districts.
Karl Rehn is presenting the class again March 12-13 in Conroe, Texas. https://www.saddleriverrange.com/training-classes/active-shooter-school-safety-kr-training/
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed SB 1857, entitled “The Texas School Safety Training Act.” This bill established a process by which license to carry (LTC) instructors can provide a state certified training program for school districts and school employees who wish to have employees with LTCs carry handguns on campus.
In 2017, DPS began offering an instructor certification course to a limited number of License To Carry instructors. KR Training has 3 instructors certified to offer the School Safety course: Karl Rehn, Paul Martin and Tina Maldonado.
In rural Texas counties, law enforcement response times can be as much as 30 minutes or longer. And that’s for the first law enforcement officer to arrive on scene. For schools in remote parts of the state, the teachers, administrators and students are the first responders for their school. They will have to fend for themselves, providing their own security and first aid until help arrives.
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