Cayuga Independent School District is the latest East Texas school district to allow select school employees to carry handguns on school property.
According to Superintendent Rick Webb, only school employees who have been individually authorized by the Board of Trustees and have a concealed carry permit will be allowed to bring a handgun on to school grounds. All selected employees will be required to receive additional instruction beyond concealed carry training.
The school board will restrict what type of ammunition the employees will be allowed to use. Employees will have to use frangible rounds, which are designed to break apart when they hit walls or other hard surfaces to reduce the risk of ricochets.
The issue was raised because of the rural location of Cayuga ISD, which is about 25 miles outside of Palestine, raising concerns about response time from law enforcement.
Cayuga ISD is now the fourth school district in East Texas to approve arming school employees. Cayuga joins Westwood, Union Grove and Van ISDs.
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