Would you send your child to a school with signs posted all over that said, “Gun Free Zone, violators will be prosecuted”?
THIS community has taken down the Gun Free Zone signs and replaced them with School Safe Campus signs as GIANT warning in front of the schools intending to give the community of Claude, TX a safer school environment. The community believe that THIS will effectively deter potential shooters from their schools. It took some work with the School Board and community to make it happen to allow conceal carry on campus, all school buildings in the district have been adorned with signs bearing a bold red statement that says:
“ATTENTION: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE STAFF AT CLAUDE ISD IS ARMED AND MAY USE WHATEVER FORCE NECESSARY TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS.”
“Any employee at Claude ISD, any teacher, I feel firmly they would give their life to save a child. Our job is to make sure the kids are safe, that they are comfortable and secure,” Superintendent Jeff Byrd said. He also compared the new signs to ‘Beware of Dog’ and home security signs that serve as deterrents, not threats.
“Statistics will show that most of the shootings that have occurred in public school have been some what a copycat situation,” Byrd said. “The goal of the perpetrators is to out-do the last shooting and statistics have shown people with warning signs are being proactive and preventative, the only reason the sign is there is to prevent somebody from coming in.”
Superintendent Byrd says armed staff would play a critical role in the event of an active shooter situation, especially the town doesn’t have a dedicated police department.
“If there were a perpetrator that entered our building we would be able to hold of the building until the professionals got here,” Byrd said.
What do you think would make your child more safe? Gun Free Zone or Safe School Campus? Seems that common sense isn’t that common anymore but you’ll definitely find a lot of it in Claude, TX.