Both school districts here in Laredo have their own police force to protect the students and staff, but for one school district in Bruni, Texas this is not the case. James Johnson has more, James.
Webb Consolidated I.S.D. is looking to appoint one of their employees as a school marshal under the newly implemented protection of Texas children act, which aims to protect schools by reducing response time.
Webb Consolidated I.S.D. is made up of 4 different cities Aguilares, Mirando, Oilton and Bruni and currently has 400 students in their school district. Because the district it so small, they don't have their own police force like the larger districts and are looking to implement the protection of Texas children act passed by the senate. This would allow the district to appoint someone as a school marshal, a new form of school law enforcement created by the bill.
[cg:newsuper\severita sanchez\w.c.i.s.d. Superintendent] 15:30:41:02 this was an act we were looking at and it being geared toward a small school district we started looking into it.
The bill affords a school marshal the same authority as a peace officer and allows the use of a handgun. The district started looking into the bill after noticing time and time again people walking on to their campuses that didn't belong there.
Standup 16:03:26:25 one of the reasons the district is looking to get a marshal is because of it's close proximity to brushes like this one. People would walk out of the brush and act like they were students.
Both Bruni Middle and Bruni High School don't have a fence to protect people from walking on to the school premises. Something Superintendent Severita Sanchez says is a problem.
[cg:newsuper\severita sanchez\w.c.i.s.d. Superintendent] 15:32:57:15 every so often if somebody wants to walk in they can
According to Sanchez some are individuals that have come into the country illegally and make their way onto the campuses and school busses. Appointing a school marshal is still in the works, the school district is just looking into the possibility for now.
Now if the school district does decide to appoint a school marshal this will go into effect sometime in October or November. For KGNS, I'm James Johnson.