MEDINA, Texas — It’s a sign of the times in South Texas: welcome to the wild west!
The Medina Independent School District put up a sign warning parents and students the Medina faculty may be packing heat and not afraid to use it.
“I think that anybody who might have a thought about harming someone in mind would think twice about it,” Medina ISD superintendent Penny White suggested.
Jillian Sides, a mother of two Medina students, agreed. “I’m perfectly fine with it.”
“I think you’ve got to do whatever you’ve got to do,” Bandera County resident Genie Strickland said.
“I don’t have a problem with that at all,” Medina resident Rod Grunwald said. “That’s good.”
Officials say having faculty carry firearms is just being practical since they don’t have quick-response security nearby.
“We’re 20 minutes or 25 minutes from Bandera, and that’s our closest law enforcement,” White said.
But up the road a spell south of Fort Worth at Tarleton State University, the campus carry law resulted in it’s first incident when a licensed gun owner accidentally fired their weapon in a student dorm.
The school hasn’t identify who the person was but said no one was hurt and the misfire resulted in only minimal property damage.
Still, it’s that type of accident that has some parents concerned in Medina.
“I mean, when you post a sign like that it may bring trouble, unfortunately,” Alisha Reagan, mother of a Medina student, said.
But for now, it looks like Medina students may be studying the Old West!