Argyle ISD "Marshals" Will Soon Carry Guns on Campus

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Like air marshals', the identities of Argyle ISD's "marshals" will remain secret. This anonymous contingent of staff members, known only to school administration, the local police, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, has been authorized to possess handguns on campus to respond to the threat of an "active shooter." The school board approved the policy Tuesday in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

The marshals have been chosen from a volunteer pool, all of whom possess concealed carry permits and have "passed a rigorous interview process, a complete psychological evaluation and a comprehensive firearms and emergency response training course," according to a press release.

This is the second step the district has taken to create an armed presence in its schools. Last fall, the board formed the Argyle ISD Police Department. School officials see the marshals bridging a crucial gap in response time. "Armed staff answers the question: What about the first 1 to 2 minutes in [a] crisis situation where there's an armed shooter," Superintendent Telena Wright told the Denton Record-Chronicle. "That seems to be a horrific situation that all schools across the nation are attempting to address."

The district isn't specifying how exactly this will all work in order to "maintain strategic integrity" of the plan, it says. But the brand-new state law on which this authority is based requires marshals working directly with students to keep their guns in a lockbox "within immediate reach." If they aren't, they'll be free to carry a concealed weapon.

The law, authored by Republican Dallas Representative Jason Villalba, was presented as an option for small districts that can't afford their own campus police. Law enforcement experts, including the DPS director, are on record warning that armed teachers run the risk of getting shot by responding officers. "Anytime you arrive on the scene ... you as a police officer ... are taught and trained to look for anybody with a weapon," DPS' Steve McCraw said.


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lecterman
lecterman

So who takes the blame the first time a marshal shoots an unarmed kid because they felt "threatened"?

mcdallas
mcdallas

Blah blah blah.  I know more about guns than LEO's.  Blah blah blah.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

if the marshalls just wore undershirts that said "super gun carrying bad ass" under their shirts in big neon letters..they could tear their button up shirts off and wouldnt get capped by swat. But in all actuality they will be 57 year old white men with mustaches and cowboy boots, SWATs are trained not to shoot people meeting this description anyways.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

The fact that they're applying for a job, specifically so that they can shoot kids, should pretty much make any further psychological exams moot.


bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

"Like air marshals, the identities of Argyle ISD's "marshals" will remain secret."

Morning,somewhere in Argyle:

"Suzie, finish your breakfast. The school bus will be here any minute."

"Okay, Mom."

"Your backpack is by the door. Did you finish your history homework?"

"(Sigh) Yes,Mom."

"Do you have your lunch money?"

"It's in my pocket, Mom. Jeez. It's not like I'm dumb or something."

"Don't patronize me, young lady. Who forgot her gun last Thursday?"

"That's because you practically threw me out the door so fast. And how many times do I have to tell you it's not a gun, Mom. It's a pistol. A Beretta 92F/92FS, if you really want to know."

"Yeah, well, a fine secret marshal you'll make without your Berett, or whatever you call it. What were you planning to do, hit the bad guys with your lunch box?"

"Mom, I've go! it! It's right here,tucked into my waistband. Did you sign my permission slip for the field trip?"

"In you backpack, Sweetie. I hear the bus coming. Better run. Give mommy a kiss. Oh, and be careful out there." 

"


 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

But the brand-new state law on which this authority is based requires marshals working directly with students to keep their guns in a lockbox "within immediate reach."

When Seconds count this will be the modern day equivalent of  Barney Fife  fumbling with his Bullet  .

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@bvckvsWe don't need to see the psychological exams for a certain poster.

cuchin212254
cuchin212254

@bvckvs your statement includes so many ASSumptions that it became instantly invalidated.


also: I'd go see the psychologist about that hoplophobia...it ain't healthy you know?

roo_ster
roo_ster

@bvckvs 

Dude, your misanthropy is showing.  No need to project it on to others.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@bmarvel I love the undercover cops on DART trains.  They're so obvious.  Seat in the center, eyes darting left and right...

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@oakclifftownie 

Nah, we'll just see the advent of the Kevlar Fannie Pack with quick release fingerprint lock.

ruddski
ruddski

Crackheads tend to do this too.

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