Irving ISD weighs proposal to allow teachers, staff to keep guns in cars

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by JOBIN PANICKER

WFAA

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 7:53 AM

IRVING -- The Irving school board has a polarizing issue on its hands. A school board member is proposing that staff with concealed carry permits be allowed to keep guns inside their cars.

"There was no consensus," said Irving ISD Superintendent Dana Bedden. "Some have strong feelings not to change the policy, and some are for the policy."

Bedden said Irving ISD schools are gun-free zones. Current policy expressly forbids guns on campus, and staff violating this policy are subject to disciplinary action.

"I can deal with that, but I'd like to see extra officers more than anything, though," said parent Jack Shastid.

"I don't see it as a problem, as long they know how to use it," said another parent, Randy Heady.

The school board will begin discussion on the proposal on Monday at a noon meeting. San Juan Gonzalez graduates in 2013, and said the policy will make campus more dangerous.

"Kids can break into teacher's cars and stuff like that," Gonzalez said.

Bedden said there's a lot to consider, and that it won't be an easy decision.

"The question to myself, and even when I consult the police department is, how does this help?" Bedden said. "What are we trying to accomplish with it?"

Another parent is all for concealed-carry, but said this policy isn't effective.

"The person who is going to carry out that act won't be concerned about a teacher running half-a-mile to their car and back," Curtiss Hantelmann said.

The district's attorneys are currently looking into any potential liability issues with this policy.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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