Focus at Four: Brazos Co. Sheriff would 'support' armed teachers, but with caution

BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - In the wake of the Florida school shooting, Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk says he would support local districts if administrators wanted to arm teachers, but he thinks law enforcement can 'handle this.'

"I'm not going to say that the best way to fix this problem is to arm teachers," said Kirk on First News at Four. "We would have the [law enforcement] resources here in Brazos County to handle this, and the school districts here, I think would trust us to do that."

"But again, if they made the decision, I would support them," Kirk said.

Kirk cites a state statute that already allows districts to choose to arm faculty as "school marshals," after what Kirk says is an approximately 80-hour training program.

However, Kirk also speaks highly of his school resource deputy program in College Station ISD, which keeps armed law enforcement officers in schools.

"They are prepared to act," said Kirk.

Kirk also described a nightmare scenario for law enforcement arriving to a scene with a armed criminal and an armed teacher.

"By arming a teacher, you might be creating a bigger problem," said Kirk. "When you have law enforcement response to an armed threat, and they don't know all the details, if they face somebody with a gun, [officers] are going to assume the [teacher with a gun] is a threat."

In the end, Kirk stresses that the decision would need to be made with "caution."