Lawmakers consider allowing armed covert marshals in Texas schools

Somerset ISD examines plan’s appl­ication in rural schools


SAN ANTONIO - Under a bill called the Protection of Texas Children Act, school districts would be allowed to place covert marshals in schools as another layer of safety for students.

The marshals could be volunteers from the district’s employees, including teachers, custodians and administrators.

The would be given 80 hours of training and be required to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Somerset ISD Superintendent Saul Hinojosa said he would welcome any additional security.

But he noted that the district already has their own police force and local police headquarters are just a block from the high school.

He said that though the district is spread out geographically, student safety is not compromised.

“We’re 87 square miles, but our campuses are about 8-to-10 miles apart, so we could be at any campus is less that five minutes,” Hinojosa said.

“You talk about marshals and it might be a plan in areas where there’s no one else,” he said.

Under the plan, districts would be required to pay for the training of volunteers.

“You never want to put a price of safety,” Hinojosa said. “We would always want to do what we can because safety is our number one priority."


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