Rep.-Elect Jason Villalba, R-Dallas (Source: texansforjason.com)
AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) -
A Texas representative is planning on filing a bill that would put armed "school marshals" on public school campuses.
District 114 Rep.-Elect Jason Villalba said he plans on filing the bill, entitled The Protection of Texas Children Act, next week that would allow schools to appoint a member of the faculty to be properly trained and certified as a school marshal.
Rep.-Elect Villalba, the father of two children, said the bill is not a "knee-jerk reaction" to the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
The Rep-Elect said he is still drafting the legislation and is working with several law enforcement agencies. The legislation would create a special certification for school marshals and require them to carry around certification at all times.
The fees and expenses associated with training the school marshal will be paid by the marshal applicant or by the school district.
"By providing our schools with the option to have a trained school marshal to act as the last line of defense, we are empowering ISDs with the ability to protect our children and faculty against those who would seek to destroy human life," Rep.-elect Villalba said in a statement.
The act says the designated marshals would remain unknown except to the principal, local law enforcement and certain other administrators.
Villalba was elected in November and will be sworn in for his first term in the Texas House of Representatives in January. The 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature begins on January 8, 2013.
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