BIG SPRING -- Big Spring Independent School District could become the next school district in West Texas to implement a campus carry program.
Currently, 172 school districts across the state of Texas arm their teachers. Two of those districts are in West Texas -- Coahoma and Forsan I.S.D. Big Spring I.S.D. says the campus carry program is their top priority.
"Our students are our number one priority and safety is at the top of that list and we feel like this will help secure safety," Big Spring I.S.D. Superintendent Jay McWilliams said.
The school district likes the idea of a Guardian Plan, which would allow staff members, if they choose, to carry on campus. If the plan is implemented, teachers would have to have their LTC, or License to Carry and they would have to pass a psychological exam. These are just a few of the requirements in the plan. BSISD has nine different campuses with more than 4,000 students.
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, there have been 290 school shootings and it's a harsh reality for parents.
"Even though I know the teachers love my children, I don't feel they are equipped to protect them. I think it's pretty much about time for a campus carry program. We need to protect our children," Big Spring parent Candice Smalling said.
The next community meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Big Spring High School. Parents are encouraged to come, ask questions and learn more about the Guardian Plan.
School Board members are set to vote on the campus carry plan at the next board meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 10th at 5:15 p.m.