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Stop school shootings by letting teachers fire back, say Texas officials

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Lawmakers and educators in Texas say the way to guard against school shootings like last Friday’s at a Connecticut elementary school is to make sure teachers can shoot back. While the rampage that left 20 young children and six adults dead in a small Northeastern community has sparked a national debate on gun control, assault weapons and a culture of violence, David Thweatt, superintendent of the 103-student Harrold Independent School District in Wilbarger County, said his teachers are armed and ready to protect their young charges. “As educators, we don’t have to be police officers and learn about Miranda Rights and related procedures. We just have to be accurate.

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David Thweatt

Overall Sentiment: 0

Relevance: 0.882511

Sentiment Quote
-0.349338 Thweatt said there have been no incidents since October 2007, when his district adopted the plan giving an unspecified number of teachers and school staff — dubbed “Guardians” …
0 “We’re 18 miles and 30 minutes from the nearest police station,” Thweatt said. …
0.198974 “We’re 18 miles and 30 minutes from the nearest police station,” Thweatt said. “So we are our first responders. If something happened here, we would have to protect our children. You know, police officers are true, everyday heroes in my book, but one of them once told me something very revealing. He said, ‘Ninety-five percent of the time, we get to the scene late.’ I can’t afford to let that happen.”
-0.0947404 “frangible” bullets that break apart when colliding with a target. “They go through people,” assured Thweatt.
-0.0199995 “frangible” bullets that break apart when colliding with a target. “They go through people,” assured Thweatt. “They’re very similar to what the air marshals use. The bullets are glued together with polymers, and we insist upon them because we don’t want the bullet to ricochet off a wall after it’s fired and hit a child.”
0 “We’re a high-transfer district,” he told …
-0.202506 “These shooters, even though they are evil and have mental problems, they inevitably know where they are going,” explained Thweatt.
0 “Would my policy have stopped this?” Thweatt asked. …
0 “Would my policy have stopped this?” Thweatt asked. “Nobody knows for sure or for 100 percent, but what we do know is that active shooters go where there is no one there to resist. The Guardian Plan addresses that fact.”
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  • Number of Quotes: 9
  • Aggregate Sentiment: -0.4676099
  • Mean: -0.051956655555556
  • Standard Deviation: 0

Greg Abbott

Overall Sentiment: 0.130026

Relevance: 0.169853

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0.215669 “Bearing arms whether by teachers and guards and things like that will be all a part of more comprehensive policy issues for the legislature to take up in the coming weeks,” Abbott said. …
0.135771 “And you can be assured in the aftermath of what happened in Connecticut that these legislators care dearly about the lives of students at their schools and they will evaluate all possible measures that are necessary to protect those lives,” he said. …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 2
  • Aggregate Sentiment: 0.35144
  • Mean: 0.17572
  • Standard Deviation: 1.7320508075689

Miranda Rights

Overall Sentiment: 0

Relevance: 0.166354

Austin gun

Overall Sentiment: 0.118938

Relevance: 0.116654

Crocket Keller

Overall Sentiment: 0.0657597

Relevance: 0.10459

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Lawmakers and educators in Texas say the way to guard against school shootings like last Friday’s at a Connecticut elementary school is to make sure teachers can shoot back.

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Stop school shootings by letting teachers fire back, say Texas officials

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