Adding Up; Another ISD To THE List

Seems that Bonham I.S.D. is trying to quietly make an important security upgrade for the safety of the staff and students.

BONHAM, TX – Under a new security program, some Bonham ISD staff members will be carrying concealed handguns at school.

Bonham ISD’s Superintendent tells News 12 his instructors are teachers, not a swat team–however under the district’s Defender Program, a select, trained, and qualified few will be armed.

Bonham ISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty says more than 80 staff members have applied for the District’s new Defender Program, to carry a concealed handgun at school.

“Of that group we will trim that down and there will be some actively in the program and we’ll have some alternates as well,” said Beaty.

Dr. Beaty says those who will carry a gun will be teachers, coaches, and administrators, “Nobody will know who they are but me and the campus principals. We’ll know who they are.”

He says the candidates will be thoroughly vetted, examined by a campus psychologist, and go through extensive training on the shooting range before they’re selected.

Bonham seems to be following the template set by Harrold ISD; training, pysch eval, confidentiality of the carriers; all the elements needed to satisfy legal and insurance liabilities. I know of three North Texas districts that have or are going to armed staff as part of their security. Harrold ISD has had it for years now; still waiting on the reports of problems. So far not one teacher who has snapped, no one gun stolen, etc.

One of the things that jumped out at me was the number of volunteers — over 80; in a school district that has less than 2,000 students! Doesn’t that seem like a pretty high percentage of the probable number of total employees?

That’s Texas for ya.

 

Not Bad Mr. Principal

I’d give you a B+ on the effort; would have gotten an A if you had a full crew instead of just one other person helping.

 

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Nice to know some administrators don’t take themselves too serious.

Free Money (aka NRA Youth Scholarship)

Wonder if the Anti-Rights Cultists will ever have enough spare money to help kids go to college versus using college kids as interns.

The N.R.A. has enough money though

Forty-five outstanding current high school sophomores and juniors from across the United States are chosen each year to travel to the nation’s capital, where they participate in the weeklong educational opportunity. The summit encourages young adults to become active and knowledgeable U.S. citizens by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the federal government, and the importance of being active in civic affairs.  The 2014 summit will take place Monday, June 23 – Sunday, June 29.  Click here to download the application to get started today!

In addition to the week in Washington D.C., Y.E.S. participants compete for $30,000 in college scholarships. The first round of awards totals $15,000 and is given at the conclusion of the Y.E.S. program. A second round of scholarships is comprised of $15,000 and involves a second application, available to the participants after they go through the Y.E.S. program.

 

Since the program’s inception in 1996, more than 700 students have graduated from Y.E.S. and over $400,000 in scholarships has been awarded

If you know of a current high school sophomore or junior, please let them know about this opportunity.

She Posed, So What?

Sounds like the district is considering the wrong thing.

DALLAS — The Dallas Independent School District is deciding what to do about a teacher who has posed nude for Playboy.

Cristy Deweese, 21, was the magazine’s “Co-ed of the Month” in 2011. She’s now a first-year Spanish teacher at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, a magnet school for grades 9-12.

According to other reports, there is no violation of school policy, procedures or even state or federal laws involved. So I really don’t understand what the District has to ‘decide’ regarding the teacher.

The parents on the other hand provide a tougher decision to make?

Concerned parents have come forward, worried that their kids have seen Deweese’s photos.

Should the district report the concerned parents for allowing their school aged children to view Playboy’s website?

Or

Should the district push for a law allowing flogging of parents who waste the districts time and money?

 

Personally I’m voting for the flogging. This is inane and trivial. Probably many of those same parents allow their daughters their daughters out in public wearing not much more than what was seen in Playboy. If they don’t have daughters, they allow their sons to date girls who dress the same. And given what I’ve seen many of the parents wearing themselves….hypocrisy seems a mild term.

The kids in the Dallas school district are facing serious issues; poverty, drug use, crime, parental involvement, teachers who can actually teach — it really doesn’t make sense to focus on something they can see on cable tv just about any night of the week.

And I wonder how many of those parents do have premium movie channels packages for their precious darlings.

Please join the discussion.

 

 

 

Proving Us Right

I’m finding the media, in their efforts at gun control, are actually having the opposite effect.
The media reports that we need gun control to stop “gun violence”  but wait:

(CNN) — Gun-related homicides and crime are “strikingly” down from 20 years ago, despite the American public’s belief that firearm crime is on the upswing, a new study said Wednesday.

Looking back 50 years, a Pew Research Center study found U.S. gun homicides rose in the 1960s, gained in the 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and the early 1990s, and then plunged and leveled out the past 20 years.

Then the media wants to portray gun owners as ‘paranoid'; always concerned about the slippery slope that doesn’t exist.

Well, maybe we aren’t.

OWINGS, MD — The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.

Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.

“The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word ‘gun’ in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days,” Henkelman said in an interview with WMAL.com.

So what did the boy say?  According to his father, he neither threatened nor bullied anyone.

“He said, I wish I had a gun to protect everyone. He wanted to defeat the bad guys. That’s the context of what he said,” Henkelman said. “He wanted to be the hero.”

No actual firearm, no actual threat of violence, no actual discussion of harming anyone. Just talking about what thousands of law enforcement officers say; they want to protect people.
Yeah, they suspended a kid for talking about “to protect and to serve”.

But it gets even worse; not only did the 1st Amendment get trampled on; they wanted to trash the 4th.

The boy was questioned by the principal and a sheriff’s deputy, who also wanted to search the family home without a warrant, Henkelman said. “He started asking me questions about if I have firearms, and [the deputy said] he’s going to have to search my house.  Search my house?  I just wanted to know what happened.”

No search was performed, and the deputy left Henkelman’s home after the father answered questions in a four-page questionnaire issued by the Sheriff’s Office.

Search the house for what?
Haven’t we warned about warrant-less searches, haven’t we complained that the gun control efforts will lead to a loss of privacy?
Yeah, we have.

Also notice that this wasn’t just a ‘school issue’ that the principal handled; they brought in a Sheriff’s Deputy. The father and the child could have faced criminal charges.

Sorry anti-rights cultists but the media is not helping your cause as they normally do. The media is actually proving some cliches, such as “slippery slope” and “camel’s nose under the tent” exist for a reason.

And our government, at all levels, is dead set on showing just how little they respect our rights.
Now you anti-rights cultists have a choice to make;  you can either stop trying to restrict or rights or you can face the consequences of your actions.
And given the mood of a large part of the country; you might not like us when we are mad.

Please join the discussion.

What Do You Say?

That was one of the questions that came up Saturday in the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) class that I took. Since I knew the instructor and my brother was getting his license (finally!), I sat through a full CHL class instead of the shorter renewal class.

One of the people in the class asked a simple question that at first glance doesn’t sound complicated. He asked “If I’m in a situation where it looks like I may have to draw and/or use my firearm; what should I say the the criminal?”

The instructor answered with the absolute truth; there is no set answer, no requirements for what you have to say such as “I have a gun”.

After listening to the discussion; I added my two cents. For me it was important to remember the idea that anything said could or would be used at a trial; either his or mine.

So…thought I would throw it out there. What would you say if you were about to or did draw a firearm in order to protect yourself?

Make it 3

School districts that are going to allow teachers, administrators and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus.

VAN, Texas — Van Independent School District green-lighted a concealed carry proposal this week, saying it will help protect the district’s 2,000-plus students.

“The sad reality is, [a shooting] could happen here,” said VISD Superintendent Don Dunn.

The district already locks school doors. But most of the parents News 8 talked to Thursday said that wasn’t enough anymore.

“This makes it better,” said parent Kassy Gandy.

The district said it is outlining strict guidelines, including mandatory hostage and crisis training with local police for any staff member that wants to carry.

Many parents are in favor of such actions. I plan on attending Arlington I.S.D. school board meeting next week to encourage the district to adopt such a policy.

Dunn wouldn’t say how many of the 350 staff are interested, only saying “there is a list.” Ultimately, it will be at the administration’s discretion to decide which interested personnel could carry.

I like the fact that the number of people interested is so long they had to write down all the names. Good job Van I.S.D. workers :)