Concealed Handguns at Wall ISD Beginning Fall 2014

- Taking into consideration mass shootings that have occurred over the past year, the Wall I.S.D. school board voted in a July meeting to allow licensed indiviuduals to carry concealed hand guns on campus beginning this school year. Wall I.S.D. is the second school district in Tom Green County to do so.

"And that's one reason Wall has looked into this. We've been studying this for a little over a year and a half about, what are our options? What do we do in these situations? And that's when we came to this conclusion that this could help us to better protect our kids and give them a safe atmosphere," Wall I.S.D. Superintendent Walter Holik said.

Superintendent Holik added that most schools have an agreeement with their local law enforcement, but being in a rural community and having to depend on the Tom Green County Sheriffs Department which covers such a large area they felt they needed to add a second alternative. Beginning Monday August 25th the school district will allow faculty and staff to come forward and volunteer to carry a concealed handgun. After which only a select few will be officially appointed and remain anonymous to students.

"We're just now getting into the initial phases of implementing it. So I think it's something that you're not going to see any change in what's happening. There's just going to be some individuals on our campus and in our school district that have a concealed carry weapon and nobody except those people and the other people that have it will even know who it is. So day to day's not going to change anything that we do," Wall Middle School Principal Ryan Snowden said.

By allowing faculty and staff to carry a concealed handgun on campus, Wall I.S.S will be of help to law enforcement while maintaining the safety of students.

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