by Mathew Baughman*
Beginning September 1, 2013, a new bill titled “The Protection of Texas Children Act” went into effect. This bill gives public schools the option to appoint a school marshal(s). There cannot be more than one marshal per 400 students.
- Must be appointed by the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school;
- Must undergo 80 hours of training designed to:
- emphasize strategies for preventing school shootings and for securing the safety of potential victims of school shootings;
- educate a trainee about legal issues relating to the duties of peace officers and the use of force or deadly force in the protection of others;
- introduce the trainee to effective law enforcement strategies and techniques;
- improve the trainee’s proficiency with a handgun;
- and enable the trainee to respond to an emergency situation requiring deadly force, such as a situation involving an active shooter.
- Must pass a psych evaluation;
- Will not have their identity known to students; and
- May access a handgun only under circumstances that would justify the use of deadly force under Tex. Penal Code Ann. S 9.32 or 9.33 (West 2012).
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