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Local teachers carry guns for new school year

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Armed faculty members are a part of the new school year at the West Hardin Independent School District.

School board members over the summer approved a concealed handgun policy allowing faculty and staff to go to class armed.

"I don't want another incident like they had on the news awhile back," said West Hardin ISD parent Derrick Byars.

Byars found himself shocked and speechless the day gunfire rang out at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Eight months have passed and Byars, a parent of two, is pleased with a new concealed handgun policy in West Hardin ISD.

According to Superintendent Ralph Carter, the district had discussed arming its staff two years ago.  The conversation came to light after the Newtown shooting.

New signs were put up around the campuses last week notifying those who come in that staff members are armed.

Their identities remains confidential at the request of law enforcement.

"If people know that you are the one carrying the pistol or you're the one carrying the guns, then you become the one they come in and look for," says Superintendent Ralph Carter.

Other precautionary measures being taken are locked entrances at every door and surveillance cameras across the district.

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