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School Marshal Training Begins Monday Morning

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 08:40 AM CDT
School marshal training gets underway at 9 a.m. near San Marcos. It’s a program that’s seen its fair share of controversy that works similar to air marshals on planes, with the goal of the armed faculty and staff in schools to keep kids safe.

The marshals would be undercover, with only law enforcement authorities and the head school administrator knowing their identities. Just like with air marshal, these school marshals will have to undergo plenty of active shooter training, emergency drills, and classroom time: 80 hours of total training, plus a mental health evaluation and license renewal every two years.

Once they’re certified, school marshals will have to follow several ground rules. They will only be allowed to respond to an active shooter or other immediate threat to human life on school grounds. Their gun has to be locked in a safe and within immediate reach if they work near kids. They’ll also be required to use a certain type of bullet that’s less likely to ricochet or go through walls.

The marshals themselves pay for the training and certification. The program is optional, and districts can opt to not take part, and many have. So far, no Central Texas districts have expressed interest in taking part.

School Marshal Training Begins Monday Morning

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