How can we keep students safe?

To tote guns or not? Superintendents agree safety is priority but methods differ

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

At least two area school districts allow teachers and staff to carry weapons on their person as a safety measure against potential threats, and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District administrators hope a community safety meeting set March 21 will provide feedback about what local residents want to see regarding school safety.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Benson campus cafeteria, 601 Dean St.

“One of my priorities is to keep students safe,” said Jeanette Ball, UCISD superintendent. “I am here to serve, listen and protect our students so that is why I am conducting a community safety meeting… to hear from the community. Together we will discuss the needs and wants in regard to school safety.”

Two area school districts have taken a different approach, with some staff at Nueces Canyon Consolidated Independent School District and Utopia Independent School District trained in the use of firearms.

NCCISD has designated two trained staff members – whom the district calls first responders – to carry concealed handguns on campus.


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