MEDINA, Texas– Students might be packing lunch at Medina Independent School District, but their teachers could be packing heat.
A sign at a school in the district warns visitors that its staff may be armed and ready to use force.
“Attention,” it reads, “Please be aware that the staff at Medina ISD may be armed and will use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”
Superintendent Penny White and one of the district board members say there wasn’t any specific event that prompted discussion about the sign a year ago, but White hopes the sign will deter not just school shootings, but any sort of violence.
“We’re 20 minutes or 25 minutes from Bandera and that’s our closest law enforcement,” said Superintendent Penny White. “I think that anybody who might have a thought about harming someone in mind would think twice about it.”
They plan on putting up additional signs at the other entrances, so visitors are warned no matter which way they come in.
“Schools have been a target for — for lack of a better word — crazy people, and I’m perfectly fine with it,” said Jillian Sides, mother of two Medina students.
The signs only say staff “may” be armed. Are any actually?
Superintendent White’s not telling.
“We don’t divulge anything about our safety plan because it would compromise the plan,” she said.