In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a bill concerning school safety, in particular, how teachers and
school personnel who are allowed to carry guns on campus should be trained.
The Texas School Safety Training Act does not mandate that a school system has to allow a teacher to
carry concealed on campus; that is still a decision made at the local level by superintendants. However,
the Legislature believed that superintendants or school boards might be more inclined to allow that
policy if they felt that those teachers/staff had more intensive training. Clearly, even the perceived
presence of armed and trained personnel on a school campus can have an impact on the decision-making
process of an active shooter, as witness the 20 year history of such policies in Israel.
It has taken over two years to develop the curriculum for this certification, but that has been
finished, and instructors have been trained and certified. This class requires 16 hours of
instruction, with more classroom work, more range time, and a higher standard of firearm proficiency
than the standard License To Carry. Topics covered will include
- Protection of students
- Interaction of license holders with first responders
- Tactics for denying an intruder entry into a classroom or school facility
- Methods for increasing a license holders' accuracy with a handgun while under duress
Since 2010, there has been a school shooting, on average, once a month, somewhere in
the US. These people are not punks out to steal something from your car; they are often either seriously
disturbed and unpredictable teens, or detached, loner adults with a goal to kill everyone in sight,
for reasons often unknowable (Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech).
This two-day class includes frank discussion about using deadly force to protect a school, videos,
practical exercises, and 200 rounds of handgun stress training. If you don't think you would be able
to fire a weapon multiple times to stop a threat in your school, barricade a classroom, or take initiative
against an intruder, then this may not
be the class for you. It is not necessary to be a SWAT Officer, but it is necessary to have, or develop, the
right mindset to do whatever it takes to protect your students. This class will help you achieve that.
This training is the same offered in many business environments (but at lower cost), and can be applied there as well.
The cost for this training is $200.00 per person (you provide a handgun and ammo), and the class
size is strictly limited to 6. There are no other fees.
School employees who complete the course receive a DPS Certificate of Completion.
McKinney Firearms Training is one of a very few companies in the Dallas area to be certified
by DPS to offer this training. Due to the setup and time requirements, these are only scheduled in response
to requests from school administrators. If you would like me to contact your school administration,
please call or email.