I can remember attending basketball games in Harrold when I was a youngster and my father was a school principal of a neighboring school. Most people would be surprised to find that Harrold had not been consolidated with Vernon or Electra, but it is still going strong. I was surprised to see this article on Harrold - because the Harold ISD is allowing teachers to carry handguns. I love it! Here is my favorite line:
"The naysayers think [a shooting] won't happen here," Thweatt said. "If something were to happen here, I'd much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them.
Of course it seems much easier to bring back corporal punishment and kick out students who do no want to be at school and only cause problems. Let 'em go! They can get an education later - when they're ready, but they won't keep other kids from getting an education. Discipline would go a long way in making schools safe, but carrying a concealed weapon would certainly help.
Now, why didn't I think of that? Actually,there were a couple of times while teaching that I can remember thinking, "If I had a gun right now..." No, not really. I have thought it would go a long way in protecting students from serious threat. I think back to the Amish school shootings a few year back and I just cringe. Not to mention other shootings where a killer randomly shot students and teachers. Wow, what is the world coming to? I have lots of thoughts on this subject - how about you?
By the way, I was born in another small town on Hwy 287, Chillicothe, TX. My dad was the principal of the school there. Then we moved to Kamay where he was an administrator in Valley View ISD. From there we moved to Electra which is even closer to Harrold ISD. Years later we moved to Vernon where Jesse was born, which is just up the highway from Harrold.