We need more superintendents like this.
Some teachers and staff in the Harrold, Texas, school district where Thweatt is superintendent carry concealed guns in the school as the last line of defense in the event of a shooting on campus.
“The critics of our plan will say things like: ‘Guns and kids don’t mix’. They will say things like: ‘It’s a bad decision to put guns in the hands of non-trained people.’ They are people who believe in a police state. They believe that the only people who should be armed are police or military. I think that’s a scary idea at best,” Thweatt says.
The superintendent sees guns as a tool used to defend oneself and loved ones.
“Harrold, Texas, is the kind of place where you depend on yourself first and, if need be on your neighbors,” says Thweatt, “We can’t say, ‘Hey, there’s a rattlesnake in my backyard, get the animal control to come get it.’ We go out and we shoot it, we take care of business. That’s the way we do with the human vermin, as well.”