Claude ISD Posts Signs About Armed Staff

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To let visitors know they are protected, Claude ISD recently posted signs up saying they have armed staff.

Claude ISD employees started carrying guns back in November after more than a year of coming up with a plan.

Superintendent Jeff Byrd says the placed signs outside of the school recently to let anyone driving in the area know that the schools are protected.

The intent of the sign is not to threaten or intimidate or challenge anyone. The size of the sign, solely is so people can clearly see and understand the message from any of the roads or streets that the sign is on,” said Byrd.

Byrd says a lot of thought went into deciding to allow staff members to carry guns, and there are requirements the employees have to meet.

Along with having their concealed handgun license, employees will have to shoot monthly.

“We have to shoot so many rounds a month, so there is training involved monthly, and annually we go to a 2 to 3 day thorough training where we are working on different scenarios,” added Byrd.

Because they are in a rural area Byrd says their goal is to protect their students until police can arrive.

“We have a plan in place; it is not just to conceal carry. We are not trying to replace a peace officer, what we are trying to do is provide a resource that will get us from the time a perpetrator entered our buildings until the response time of the Armstrong County Sheriff or DPS officer,” said Byrd.

Other schools on the High Plains allowing staff members to carry concealed are Highland Park, Shamrock and Childress.

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