School board members in Brock, Texas, have unanimously approved plans to implement an armed school protection plan.
Called the Guardian Program, the plan will provide a new layer of security to the district’s 1,375 students. Employees have already begun volunteering to serve as “Guardians,” which will authorize them to carry concealed in preparation for an emergency. The final Guardian team will be selected based on a psychological evaluation, physical exam and firearms training program.
The program was modeled after a similar program in nearby Peaster, Texas. Both districts serve rural areas, meaning they cannot afford to hire campus security, and should an incident occur, police may not be able to arrive right away.
“We obviously hope and pray that nothing would ever happen of that nature here, but we want to be prepared in the unlikely event it does occur,” Superintendent Scott Drillette said. “I hope that everybody in our district and community … feels a little safer knowing that we have trained and prepared Guardians on every campus.”