Governor and HISD Chief Disagree on Guns in Schools

Governor Rick Perry says he supports a North Texas school district that lets teachers carry guns in classrooms, but says the policy might not be suited for some districts.
At a stop in Houston today, the governor reiterated his support for the Harrold School District's decision to let qualified teachers carry guns this school year.

image of speaker, click here for audio"I want an individual on that campus to be able to stand between our children and someone who would slaughter our children. If that happens to be a teacher fine. That should be the local district's decision and if they decide that a teacher or a number of teachers can go through the training, be properly trained in gun safety and protection and what have you, then I agree that they should be able to do that."

But Houston School Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra says a guns-in-the-classroom policy here isn't likely anytime soon.

image of speaker, click here for audio"Every secondary school in this district has police officers assigned to them, so we have armed people properly trained, certified officers in all the secondary campuses and in close proximity to every elementary school as well. So, from our point of view, our teachers are safe, our students are safe. I think we're prepared to respond very quickly should the need arise."

Governor Perry says he understands HISD's reluctance to let teachers carry guns and says each school district will have to make that judgment call on an individual basis.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...