The Gold-Burg Independent School District has voted to arm its school teachers. The proposal will now be sent to the Texas Association of School Boards for review.

The district’s two schools are the Gold-Burg Junior High/High School (grades 6-12) and Ringgold Elementary School (grades K-5).

Those who are involved would be required to take 24 hours of training by commissioned Texas peace officers. There would be classroom lectures and live firing range work, along with role playing and other practical exercises. Participants must have a concealed handgun permit.

The members of the program would be kept private and the school board has final say on who can participate in the program.

The concealed carry program is part of a wider effort to improve school security in the district. Gold-Burg has already added video surveillance systems, a security vestibule and fenced perimeters.

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