North Zulch ISD discussing guardian plan for school safety

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NORTH ZULCH, Tex. (KBTX) - Thursday night, North Zulch ISD's School Board discussed a possible guardian plan. If approved, it would mean certain staff or teachers could be armed at school and potentially intervene if a threat came to campus.

"I don't agree with the teachers being allowed to carry weapons. I really don't I think a cop on scene would be sufficient," said Nutatia Helton, a North Zulch resident. Her two children will attend North Zulch for the first time this fall.

“I do have concerns on that I thin it may create a little more chaos," she said. Helton also worries about scenarios where an armed staff member could be overpowered by a student or threatening person.

"I wish I had been there last night actually to hear it and voice my opinion. I would have liked to have heard their opinions, absolutely," said Helton.

The district is still debating if it's something they want. There would be some costs if the district decides to do a guardian plan. For example, if they had about five staff members participate it could be around $15,000.

School districts in the area have already started adopting guardian plans including Navasota ISD and Anderson-Shiro CISD. North Zulch would be one of the smallest. With only 340 kids in the district, their schools also are all at one central location. The district said they believe that makes it easier for security.

"I think it makes it easier you know as far as having the buildings all together," said Superintendent Alan Andrus of North Zulch ISD.

"Obviously, we have magnetic locks on all the doors so it's difficult from going from campus to campus," he said. Others said they are on board.

"I think as long as we've got some control and training, extensive training and some policies and procedures in place for that I don't think it will be a bad idea at all. I think it will make me feel a lot safer," said Susie Sawyer, who has several family members attending school here.

Andrus said the district also did an active shooter communications drill and discussion Thursday. He says several staff are interesting in becoming armed.

"It's not a situation where we're just putting something together, throwing something together but we want to look at all options that are available," he said.

It's not clear when the district will ultimately decide if it's right for them. The superintendent tells us they want to look at all options for the upcoming school year.