A bill introduced in the new Texas legislature would protect teachers who shoot and kill their students.
Teachers in Texas are already allowed to carry guns in classrooms. The intent of that law was to stop a deadly massacre like the one in Newtown, Conn.
Now, Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, filed H.B. 868 —dubbed the Teacher’s Protection Act — that would allow teachers to turn their guns on their students and not face prosecution. Not only would teachers be able to shoot a student to protect themselves or others, but also to protect school property.
The Association of Texas Professional Educators said it believes this should be determined at a local level. In other words, it’s OK to kill students, but local school boards should give the green light, not the Legislature.
Current Texas law allows teachers to use reasonable force against a student and avoid prosecution.
A bill Flynn previously wrote reduced the number of training hours required to obtain a concealed handgun license.
Our recommendation would be for teachers to engage their students like Scot Pankey rather than shoot them.