The trainers from the new school marshal program began their first day of training in San Marcos on Monday. The program will allow a designated school official to carry a gun on campus.
19 participants are taking part in the class at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in San Marcos. They will learn the curriculum of the program then take it back to their communities and train the school staff members who want to participate.
The program was created through the passage of House Bill 1099 in the last legislative session. It allows staff members to act as marshals in armed shooter and other emergency situations when police are still minutes away.
All prospective marshals must pass a mental health evaluation, attend active shooter and emergency situation training, and take ten times the amount of firearms training required for CHL holders.
North Carolina is the only other state to pass this legislation. It has yet to be implemented.