After an accidental shooting sent a Van ISD employee to the hospital on Wednesday, residents of Van said the incident was nothing more than an unfortunate sequence of events.
"I think it was an accident, plain and simple. Accidents happen. Luckily, no one was seriously injured and it was an accident. Things happen all the time," said Van resident Brian Blackmon.
While KLTV was unable to reach Van ISD officials for comment on Thursday, State Representative Dan Flynn, who represents Van's district in Austin, had a chance to speak to him.
"It's my understanding that they want to go through with the program as they've outlined it," Flynn told us in a phone interview from Austin. "And I applaud them. I support them 100 percent. I think that they have got a decision that they've made that they want to make sure that our kids are safe, and they think this is a good direction to go."
The family of the injured employee, Glenn Geddie, did not wish to comment on the incident. Geddie was released from the hospital on Thursday morning.
Several retired school teachers, however, said that the incident hasn't influenced their opinion either and they still fully support the idea of teachers having concealed guns to protect their students.
In an interview on February 20, Van superintendent Don Dunn said that only a select number of employees would be chosen to participate in the guardian plan program - and after this incident, Van resident Matt Hillebrandt thinks the district should reconsider who is carrying.
"I think they need to be pickier about it, get someone that already has a concealed handgun license. That way they know they've handled the guns before," said Hillebrandt. "Because a handgun's different from a rifle or a shotgun."
Still, both Blackmon and Hillebrandt say they support the district's guardian plan.
"It doesn't change my opinion," said Blackmon. "I think the teachers and the employees of the school district, they should have a gun on campus. You know, I think it might prevent some of these shootings that they have."
The city says they have been instructed to direct questions to Van ISD administration for information and that the district's police department would have the incident report.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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