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Van ISD third school district in state to arm select teachers

From Staff Reports
Jan. 23, 2013 at 10 p.m.


The Van Independent School District has become the second East Texas district and the third in the state to allow authorized faculty to carry firearms on campus.

According to a statement released by the school district, the "board authorized specific school employees and other persons to possess certain firearms on school property, at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events and at board meetings."

The district's campuses are spread across the city, northwest of Tyler, and, according to the statement, there was concern of effective and timely response to an emergency situation.

The district's new policy states that only school employees who have a license to carry a concealed handgun will be eligible to carry on campus.

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