THORNDALE, Texas (KXAN) — As students filed into the first day of school Wednesday at three of the Thorndale Independent School District campuses, they were met with new signs indicating that some staff members are armed.
Back in June, the Thorndale ISD Board of Trustees voted to create a “School Guardian” program which allows select faculty members to be armed and trained to defend their schools in case of an active shooter. The district has approximately 600 students across three campuses.
The district posted to their Facebook page that the staff members selected underwent extensive training and will continue to practice as the year goes on. TISD states their identities along with details of the program will be kept confidential to maintain the program’s integrity.
“While there is no way to be completely prepared for any type of catastrophic event we want to be as ready as possible. We pray that we NEVER have the need to use our Guardian program,” wrote the district in its Facebook post.
TISD conducted research and community feedback before the vote. Close to 400 community responses were collected, and 94 percent were in favor of the program.
The Thrall Police Department also posted to its Facebook page in support of TISD’s decision. “While law enforcement presence is great it is still good to see those that are willing and able, allowed to protect themselves and others. Way to go Thorndale ISD and board members.”