Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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HARROLD, TX (KCBD) -
It's been less than a week since the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, and since then debates over gun control have taken over the nation. One question several school districts are looking into is whether to allow their teachers to carry handguns on campus.
Texas Governor Rick Perry earlier this week publicly supported the idea of arming teachers in schools. For Harrold, Texas located just three hours west of Lubbock, this idea is nothing new.
A little more than three hours away from Lubbock and located west of Wichita Falls, the tiny community of Harrold has allowed their teachers to carry on campus since 2007 when the Guardian Plan was passed unanimously by its school board.
In light of the recent Connecticut shootings, the school district - only consisting of 103 students and 25 employees - is getting worldwide attention for its controversial program. "The community here as far as I know never had anyone here against it. They were all fine with it. It was the rest of the country that blew up in arms over it," father of two Harrold High School students Michael Hopkins said. "I'd rather have someone at the school protecting my children than stand there having to hid them in a closet with no way to protect themselves."
Creating the Guardian Plan was no easy task, and Harrold ISD superintendent David Thweatt says it took the district a year to develop the plan. Already having a high tech security system in place he says the school board wanted more after school shootings like Virginia Tech where more than 30 people were shot and killed.
"We spend a lot of money protecting money, but we don't spend any money protecting kids. We need to. We need to do everything we can to protect them," Thweatt said. He says arming the willing teachers was also necessary because the small community is more than 20 minutes away from the nearest law enforcement.
Four main components make up the plan. Thweatt says the teachers must have a concealed handgun license. They must undergo additional training in accuracy beyond what is taught at most police academies. The teachers must also be approved by the school board, and they can only use frangible ammunition. "When it hits a piece of wood or plaster wall, or anything hard it will break apart and therefore cut down on ricochet effect," Thweatt said.
Another main part of the plan is that no one besides the school board knows who or how many teachers are carrying. "Look at some of the data on burglars. One of the things they're most afraid of is going into an armed home. That's what they're afraid of, and they need to be afraid of that if they ever come to Harrold that's for sure," he said.
While the plan is uncontested in Harrold, many across the nation are strongly against implementing a program like this including Lubbock Cooper's Superintendent Pat Henderson. "This is not something I would recommend. Teachers didn't get into education to carry guns," Henderson said. "This is an accident waiting to happen." Henderson believes the best way to protect the students are to increase campus security and arming them, not teachers.
Despite the backlash from those saying guns and schools don't mix; Thweatt says he stands behind the school's plan to carry on campus. "When you make a law against something, the people who are interested in following the law are going to follow it. The kid that did this horrible thing in Connecticut, it was against the rules to bring a gun into the school, well that really stopped him didn't it?" Thweatt said.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>