"I want an individual on that campus to be able to stand between our children and someone who would slaughter our children. If that happens to be a teacher fine. That should be the local district's decision and if they decide that a teacher or a number of teachers can go through the training, be properly trained in gun safety and protection and what have you, then I agree that they should be able to do that."
But Houston School Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra says a guns-in-the-classroom policy here isn't likely anytime soon."Every secondary school in this district has police officers assigned to them, so we have armed people properly trained, certified officers in all the secondary campuses and in close proximity to every elementary school as well. So, from our point of view, our teachers are safe, our students are safe. I think we're prepared to respond very quickly should the need arise."
Governor Perry says he understands HISD's reluctance to let teachers carry guns and says each school district will have to make that judgment call on an individual basis.
At a stop in Houston today, the governor reiterated his support for the Harrold School District's decision to let qualified teachers carry guns this school year.