Thursday, February 28, 2013

Van ISD employee shot during gun class

According to KLTV, Texas school worker Glenn Geddie was shot yesterday at a hand gun training class for Van Independent School District employees.

In January, the Van Independent School District school board allowed specific school staff members and employees to carry firearms on campus in order to protect their students. In addition to that they immediately started training those staff members who would be carrying concealed weapons.

According to the Van ISD, Geddie stayed behind with the instructor for more private instruction but they realized that they had a malfunction with their gun. Van Independent School District said in a statement. “With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg.”

A school board member told The Tyler Morning Telegraph that the shooting would not affect their decision to arm employees on campus.

Now how backwards is that.

It is understandable that Texas School Districts want to prevent another event similar to the Sandy Hook shooting, especially after the Lone Star College shooting that took place this January in north Houston where students were left defenseless.

But the last thing Texas schools need, is a 3rd grader getting shot by one of these bullets in another accident. Even if these teachers do undergo the initial one or two day training, it does not adequately prepare them to protect their students. These teachers are unqualified to use the firearms to protect their students and this event goes to show what can go wrong when using deadly weapons. Sad as this incidence was for Glenn Geddie, hopefully it is a wake-up call to legislation that allowing guns into teacher's hands is the wrong way to go about this issue.

By Rian Worm

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