The American school where teachers carry a pen, a ruler and … a gun | US news | The Guardian
When teachers return for a new school term in the tiny Texas farming town of Harrold, they can bring a extra tool of the trade alongside books, pens and worksheets. To defend pupils from any gun-toting maniacs, they can carry loaded pistols into the classroom.
With barely 300 residents, the remote rural community in the state’s northern dustbowl has appalled gun control advocates by becoming the first in the US to allow its teachers to bear concealed firearms.
Harrold’s school board maintains that the move is necessary because the town is 25 miles from the nearest sheriff’s office, making it hard to get swift help in an emergency. Its location just yards from a major highway, America’s north-south interstate 287, makes it a potential “target” for armed maniacs.