In one part of the US state of Texas, teachers are to be allowed to carry concealed firearms when the new school term opens this month. In Harrold district, David Thweatt, the school superintendent said that the move aim was to protect staff and pupils, in case of a gun attacks on its sole campus.
Mr Thweatt added that teachers would first have to undertake crisis management training.
In recent years the US has seen a number of fatal school shootings.
The policy has been approved by trustees said Mr Thweatt, adding that parents had not objected.
“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started”, he wrote on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s web site.
The school could be a target because of its proximity to a large and busy motorway, said Mr Thweatt.
“If something were to happen here, I’d much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them”, Mr Thweatt said.
The presence of firearms at schools is outlawed in Texas, unless individual institutions allow them.