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East Central ISD hosts panel to discuss arming school employees

East Central ISD hosts panel to discuss arming school employees

The East Central Independent School District school board continues discussions to adopt the Guardian Program, which would arm school employees with firearms.

On Monday evening, the district hosted a panel to take questions and concerns from the community.

“The whole objective is to make sure we got a good idea of what the community’s perceptions are about that so the board can make an informed decision,” said Roland Toscano, ECISD Superintendent.

The panelist consisted of Sutherland Springs Survivor David Colbath, Exec. Director of the Ecumenical Center Mary Beth Fisk, Glynn County Public Schools Chief of Police Rod Ellis and retired teacher Laura Aten.

“In that time of crisis, for us to accept help, we need to be prepared to have help. All the ideas of cameras, metal detectors and steel doors are wonderful but we need more than that,” said Colbath.

Many parents strongly opposed the idea at the November school board meeting. The board postponed any decision making until more community input was gathered.

“We have a good police force. We’re a 10 thousand plus school district. I just think it’s adding a lot of risk. I just don’t see it being a practical solution,” said parent, Kyle Keilmann.

The panel was a way for parents to learn more about the program and for the district to take questions.

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