House OKs training teachers as responders

Staff and wire reports
Published: 21 May 2013 11:47 PM
Updated: 21 May 2013 11:48 PM

Educators with concealed handgun licenses could be trained to respond to a campus shooting under a measure sent to Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday.

The bill by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would offer a training program for public schools that don’t have their own police or school resource officers. The Texas Department of Public Safety would help develop the training, which would cost the state an estimated $1 million over two years. Districts would pay for training more than two employees per school.

The bill won final approval in the House, 133-13.

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