After 2018s mass shooting, Santa Fe school officials will let some employees carry firearms at all times
After a gunman killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at Santa Fe High School in 2018, school district officials will allow some teachers to carry guns on campus rather than keep them under lock and key. Santa Fe ISD officials announced their plans Friday to implement Texas so-called Guardian Plan, which lets local school boards authorize specific employees to carry on campus at all times and determine their training standards. School board President Rusty Norman told The Texas Tribune the district ultimately chose the Guardian Plan over the school marshal program because it allows employees to carry firearms on their person rather than in a lockbox. The districts decision came as a surprise to Jason Villalba, the former state lawmaker who authored the bill creating Texas school marshal program. Approved applicants for Santa Fe ISDs Guardian Program will be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and meet the same marksmanship standards as a Santa Fe ISD police officer, Norman said.