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By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

Muleshoe staff across all campuses recently responded to a survey regarding their attitudes toward trained staff carrying firearms in schools.
The Muleshoe Independent School District Board of Trustees approved Policy CKC (Local) during the regular March meeting. CKC is the Texas Association of School Board’s code for Emergency or Safety Policies. The policy allows trained staff to carry and use firearms in certain emergency situations.
According to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), out of 1,028 Texas school districts, 172 allow staff to carry firearms; approximately 150 districts have their own police department; one district has a school marshal program in place. More than 250 districts that do not have a police department do have school resource officers.
“Muleshoe School Board has made student safety a priority,” said Dr. R.L. Richards, Muleshoe ISD superintendent. “Earlier in the year the Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees passed a policy to develop a legislatively passed Guardian Plan. This Guardian Plan allows for select Muleshoe School staff to carry a legal firearm on campus to help with the prevention of an unlikely event of an active shooter. The select Guardian staff members will be vetted and trained.”
He adds, “Muleshoe Schools takes student safety seriously. The Google survey indicates how our current Muleshoe ISD staff feels about this process. We are proud of our Muleshoe staff members and their willingness to keep our students safe.”
Survey summary:
Most staff members strongly agree or agree that the school takes appropriate measures to prepare students and staff for a tragic event, and that the school takes appropriate measures for the safety of students and staff against an armed individual. Most staff members do not have a conceal and carry license. Staff members are about equally divided in their comfort level in carrying a concealed weapon on a school campus to protect students and staff. With the exception of one campus, most staff members have not participated in active shooter training. Most staff members said they would volunteer and be willing to be trained and go through counseling as part of conceal and carry for student and staff safety.
Survey questions and results follow:

The school takes appropriate measures to prepare students and staff for a tragic event.
DILLMAN
Strongly Agree: 15, 42.86%
Agree: 17, 48.57%
Disagree: 1, 2.86 %
Strongly Disagree: 1, 2.86 %
Undecided: Disagree: 1, 2.86 %
Total Respondents: 35, 1 skipped question
DESHAZO
Strongly Agree: 18, 51.43%
Agree: 9, 25.71%
Disagree: 5, 14.29%
Strongly Disagree: 1, 2.86%
Undecided: 2, 5.71 %
Total Respondents: 35
WJHS
Strongly Agree: 9, 25.00%
Agree: 14, 38.89%
Disagree: 6, 16.67%
Strongly Disagree: 4, 11.11%
Undecided: 3, 8.33%
Total Respondents: 36, 2 skipped
MHS
Strongly Agree: 4, 8.70%
Agree: 23, 50.00%
Disagree: 11, 23.91%
Strongly Disagree: 5, 10.87%
Undecided: 3, 6.52%
Total Respondents: 46

The school takes appropriate measures for the safety of students and staff against an armed individual.
DILLMAN
Strongly Agree: 12, 35.29%
Agree: 19, 55.88%
Disagree: 0, 0.00%
Strongly Disagree: 2, 5.88%
Undecided: Disagree: 1, 2.94%
Total Respondents: 34, 2 skipped
DESHAZO
Strongly Agree: 15, 42.86%
Agree: 12, 34.29%
Disagree: 4, 11.43%
Strongly Disagree: 2, 5.71 %
Undecided: 2, 5.71%
Total Respondents: 35
WJHS
Strongly Agree: 6, 16.67%
Agree: 14, 38.89%
Disagree: 11, 30.56%
Strongly Disagree: 3, 8.33%
Undecided: 2, 5.56%
Total Respondents: 36, 2 skipped
MHS
Strongly Agree: 4, 8.70%
Agree: 17, 36.96%
Disagree: 16, 34.78%
Strongly Disagree: 6, 13.04%
Undecided: 3, 6.52%
Total Respondents: 46

Do you have a conceal and carry license?
DILLMAN
Yes: 4, 11.11%
No: 32, 88.89%
Total Respondents: 36
DESHAZO
Yes: 4, 11.43%
No: 31, 88.57%
Total Respondents: 35
WJHS
Yes: 6, 16.67%
No: 30, 83.33%
Total Respondents: 36, 2 skipped
MHS
Yes: 8, 17.39%
No: 38, 82.61%
Total Respondents: 46

What is your comfort level in carrying a concealed weapon on a school campus to protect students and staff?
DILLMAN
A great deal: 7, 19.44%
A lot: 6, 16.67%
A moderate amount: 10, 27.78%
A little: 3, 8.33%
None at all: 10, 27.78%
Total Respondents: 36
DESHAZO
A great deal: 8, 22.86%
A lot: 4, 11.43%
A moderate amount: 10, 28.57%
A little: 4, 11.43%
None at all: 9, 25.71%
Total Respondents: 35
WJHS
A great deal: 9, 24.32%
A lot: 3, 8.11%
A moderate amount: 8, 21.62%
A little: 6, 16.22%
None at all: 11, 29.73%
Total Respondents: 37, 1 skipped
MHS
A great deal: 16, 34.78%
A lot: 5, 10.87%
A moderate amount: 11, 23.91%
A little: 3, 6.52%
None at all: 11, 23.91%
Total Respondents: 46

Have you participated in an active shooter training?
DILLMAN
Yes: 10, 27.78%
No: 26, 72.22%
Total Respondents: 36
DESHAZO
Yes: 19, 55.88%
No: 15, 44.12%
Total Respondents: 34
WJHS
Yes: 13, 34.21%
No: 25, 65.79%
Total Respondents: 38
MHS
Yes: 15, 32.61%
No: 32, 69.57%
Total Respondents: 46

Would you volunteer and be willing to be trained and go through counseling as part of conceal and carry for student and staff safety?
DILLMAN
Yes: 24, 66.67%%
No: 12, 33.33%
Total Respondents: 36
DESHAZO
Yes: 20, 58.82%
No: 16, 47.06%
Total Respondents: 34, 1 skipped
WJHS
Yes: 20, 52.63%
No: 18, 47.37%
Total Respondents: 38
MHS
Yes: 34, 75.56%
No: 11, 24.44%
Total Respondents: 45, 1 skipped

Rhea Gonzales

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