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Union Grove ISD signs warn employees are armed

From Staff Reports
May 11, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.

Union Grove ISD officials this week put up signs outside their schools stating employees are armed and will "use whatever force is necessary" to protect students in the district, according to News-Journal <a href="" target="_blank">news partner KETK</a>.

The Union Grove ISD board <a href="">in January</a> enacted a policy to allow select, licensed and trained teachers and administrators to possess a firearm on campus. Community members wholeheartedly supported the move.

Union Grove ISD, a 2A school district with 761 students in rural Upshur County, was the second district in Texas to enact such a policy. The first was Harrold ISD in 2007.

"The worst thing we can do is nothing," Union Grove school board Vice President Rusty Dyar told the News-Journal in January.

The board changed its safety program/risk management emergency plans and adopted the resolution to allow firearms on campus in the possession of select employees.

The policy states only those school employees who have obtained and maintain a current license to carry a concealed handgun, in accordance with state law, are eligible to be selected. Additionally, it states any employee who is authorized to possess a gun must complete - at the district's expense - additional training in crisis intervention, management of hostage situations and other "relevant" training that the board determines necessary. The school board is considering allocating $10,000 a year in its budget to pay for training.

Union Grove ISD is not in an incorporated city and therefore does not receive active police service from a city. The district is served by Upshur County Sheriff's Office, based 12 miles away in Gilmer.



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