Local Retired Teacher Says Dewhurst Proposal is the Best Option

by Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

The Sandy Hook massacre left many begging the question; should teachers be armed in the classroom? On Friday, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, went a step further. He said the state should pay for educators to have specialized firearm training.

Chuck Isner, a retired teacher from ECISD, said though he does not agree with arming teachers, Dewhurst's plan is the best option.

"This bill seems to propose a very sensible approach," Isner said.

Gun holders would be nominated by the district and the training would be more intense than the concealed carry training. Plus, it would include how to react in an active shooter situation.

"His proposal says you will be chosen. I don't have a problem with that, if we're gonna do it, do it correctly," he said.

Isner also said while he doesn't think guns in the classrooms may be the answer, he does think every precaution should be taken to protect the children.

"There is no foolproof but we need to try to do everything we can possibly think of to ensure the safety of our kids. They're our future," Isner said.

Dewhurst's proposal would not require all school districts to participate and the amount of state funding needed would depend on the number of school districts that participate and how many people want training.