Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2013
Contact: Liz White

Senator Craig Estes files "Texas School Safety Training Act"
SB 1857 creates "School Safety Certification" for qualified CHL holders

Austin — State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) today filed SB 1857, a bill empowering qualified Concealed Handgun License (CHL) instructors to achieve an additional "school safety certification" that would then enable them to train teachers to hopefully save lives should an active-shooter scenario occur inside a Texas school. This enhanced training is voluntary and only available to teachers who already have a CHL.

"This bill empowers courageous Texas teachers to voluntarily seek additional training to protect their students and colleagues from a deranged school shooter," Senator Estes said. "It is my hope that this bill will prevent heinous acts of violence against our children and teachers."

Late last year, the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut prompted lawmakers to discuss ways to improve school safety in our state. In January, the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, & Homeland Security held a hearing to discuss how Texas might increase the safety of students and teachers in Texas public schools. As a result of that hearing, Senator Estes filed the Texas School Safety Training Act to address deficiencies in current law that allow guns on campus.

Under the provisions of the Act, teachers will receive training on the best practices for the protection of students, how to interact with first responders, tactics to deny an intruder entry into a classroom, and accuracy with a handgun under duress.

"The number one job of government is to protect the people, and the number one place to do that job is in our schools. It is critical that students, teachers and staff feel safe in Texas schools," Senator Estes said.

Estes serves nearly 820,000 constituents across Senate District 30 which includes all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young counties and parts of Collin and Denton counties.