Arming Teachers for School Safety: Providing Clarity for State Policies
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While there is an increased national focus on student safety and gun violence in schools, the policies for arming teachers are often vague and unclear. Additionally, policies and laws enforcing safety protocol for students differ across states. Clarity in policies are important for stakeholders in school communities who can use such information to better understand the shifting landscape of policy about arming faculty and staff. In this paper, we explored the creation of specific policies designed to arm school personnel in Texas, including the Marshal Plan and the School Firearm and Safety Action Plan, known as the Guardian Plan. Findings may be applied to districts and governments in other states as they construct laws and policies related to school safety.