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Texas Bill Would Allow Teachers To Shoot and Kill Students Without Consequence

????????????????????Sign that the Apocalypse is upon us: Texas is considering a bill that would allow teachers to use “deadly force” against students in the classroom.

In one sense, it’s only the warped natural progression in that state—it already permits teachers to carry guns in the classroom. But Texas Republican representative Dan Flynn’s proposal takes it to a preposterous level.

H.B. 868, also known as the Teacher’s Protection Act, would authorize instructors to use “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator.”

Instructors would also have the right to use deadly force “in defense of property of the school that employs the educator.” Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student.

With so much concern about law enforcement using excessive force, especially against Blacks, this idea that teachers could essentially fire at will on students—and not be held accountable for their actions—creates another potential crisis, especially for students of color.

To wit: A coalition of civil rights organizations found that Black and Latino students face much higher rates of disciplinary action in schools, which magnifies the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. So if they are already disproportionately targeted by school authorities for their behavior, the chances are increased that deadly force will be used against them by educators

Those who know Flynn is not surprised by his bill. He’s one of Texas’ more radical gun-rights advocates. He has already co-authored legislation to allow guns on college campuses. On top of that, in 2013 he successfully co-authored a law that lessened the minimum number of training hours needed for a concealed handgun license.

The tragedy of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting when 20 children were killed has charged advocates to have teachers armed across the country, despite the evidence that shows the chance for more tragedies increases with more guns in people’s hands.

An organization called Everytown for Gun Safety, a merger of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, has ranked Georgia — which ranks eighth in population — first among the states in school and college campus shootings since the Newtown killings.

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, Georgia has had 12 shooting incidents at K–12 schools or colleges

The state also has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the nation and high gun ownership. Across the South, 38 percent of households have a gun — compared with 35 percent in the Midwest, 34 percent in the West and 27 percent in the Northeast — according to a Pew Research Center survey published in July.

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19 thoughts on “Texas Bill Would Allow Teachers To Shoot and Kill Students Without Consequence

  1. All I'm going to say is if u kill my kid and it justified then I will come after ur kids ur hubby and the teacher that pulled the trigger.Im not going to stand around and just let some white person do what the he'll they want to my kids, and then say oh he or she were acting out in class knowing it was a Damn lie .and f… Protesting, I'll protest afterwards.

  2. Home schooling does sound pretty enticing. I can teach liberation theology, astronomy, astrology, biology, science, mathematics, geometry, African History, economics, and so forth. I don't need my son disagreeing on a answer and get blasted away. Plus, the Sandy Hook school shooting was an example of what White people do when their upset.

  3. Jeff Walter says:

    I'll start by quoting the very first portion of the bill. Why? Because that will destroy 90% of the article. I am going to fix capitalization and formatting so I don't hear about people's eyes bleeding ;-).

    "A bill to be entitled an act relating to a defense to prosecution for and civil liability of an educator who uses force or deadly force to protect the educator's person, students of the school, or property of the school, and suspension of a student who assaults an employee of a school."

    What that means is the bill offers a better defense for something that was already allowed by law. Before this bill Texas law allowed anyone to defend themselves, a third party, and/or property with force, up to and including deadly force. The bill makes clear that the teacher must still be acting within those laws. You can see this in section 38A.001 of the bill:

    "…if, under the circumstances as the educator reasonably believes them to be, the educator would be justified under Section 9.31, 9.32, or 9.33, Penal Code, in using force or deadly force, as applicable, in defense of the educator or students."

    I think you can see where this is going. Check it out though; the bill's text is available online:

    I encourage you all to actually read the bill. It's not long and will be highly enlightening.

  4. As an educator, I thing this bill is sickening. I have taught at all levels, K-12, and I can tell you that anytime I believe I need to use a gun in the teaching profession is the day I will seek other employment.

  5. Adam Bieber says:

    Someone with sense and reasoning. Thank you

  6. Adam Bieber says:

    Everything you said is pointless. Its not about shooting people like this moronic author wants you to think. Its about protecting the teacher for protecting students during school shootings. Try doing some research before saying you're going to hurt someone

  7. That will also be the day that my child becomes home schooled

  8. Adam Bieber. That's the premise but blacks know what's really going to happen. More of our children will be murdered And THEY will get away with it. Just add Zimmerman did, just as the police does. No thank you! My child Errol stay home.

  9. James Early says:

    If Black students don't commit violent crimes or assaults they won't get shot, it's that simple. What is it with THAT community where they are incapable of acting like civilized human beings? I Can't Sneeze! #BlackMalesScatter when they hear sirens or a paternity test is ordered by the court.

  10. This is an ALEC/NRA lobbied piece of adverse legislation against our youth. Any parent, particularly African parents in America who would find out or uncover that a teacher or teachers in the schools their children attend is concealing or carrying fire arms in a school, school room, school bus, school function, or school property, that parent should pull that child out of that school, and if any other school is the same, consider home schooling. It's bad enough that Stand Your Ground and Shoot First is being used to summarily execute our children on the street, now we have to worry about them in the sanctity of schools? We entrust our children to schools every day in the assurance that they will be safe in the hands of people who will educate them, not in the hands of someone who could eventually kill them.

  11. I'm like wow, aren't we there yet and at what's the limits? black folks of America , your future is bright(siked).just remember that every bulls eye on targets is black. can you imagine some teacher on her monthly or one that missed his meds,,,, oooh what'a wonderful world!

  12. you're soooo right. I do hope that those black kids stop shooting up the universities and high schools, like those in the past, columbine high, Colorado etc. ooops I forgot there isn't a black kid there , all but pecker woods cracker kids who loves the pure white neighborhoods.

  13. so tell me which part of this bill guarantee protection to black people? your laws seems to apply merely to whites and that's the simple reason for the concerns here. stop being a high strung self righteous unconcerned , proud white privileged bigot.

  14. Jeff Walter says:

    The bill doesn't gaurantee its protection to anyone but teachers and school staff. There's nothing about ethnicity in it. Nothing. In fact, I can't ever reading a modern bill or law that had its effect limited by ethnicity. And I'm absolutely certain that were there ever such a bill the author would be lambasted by their peers, the media, and the people.

    The laws in this country apply to everyone. But laws applying to everyone is not really what you're talking about, is it? I think your concerns are about unequal enforcement of the law and general abuse of power by law enforcement officers. I would say that you're correct in your concerns; we have a problem in this country with our police forces selectively enforcing the law and abusing the power they've been entrusted with. It can be fixed, but it's not an overnight solution and the police have to want the change. There inlies the problem.

    I take offense to being called a "high strung self righteous unconcerned, proud white privileged bigot" for simply explaining what the bill actually says. Let me address each of your descriptions of me because, as they say, "you don't know me":
    * High strung – I'm a pretty relaxed person who's simply attentive to what's going on around them.
    * Self-righteous – 99% of the time I'm thinking about other people and helping them. I give my time freely to people who ask.
    * Unconcerned – Quite the opposite. I am very concerned by the state of this country and the laws its elected officials have been spitting out for years. The way I see it the only way to fix the problems we have with our government is revolution, and that frightens me for a variety of reasons. But that's a very different topic.
    * Proud – I'm proud of what I've accomplished in life… Is that what you were talking about? No? Perhaps you should elaborate.
    * White – Guilty as charged.
    * Privileged – Not really, no. Both of my parents worked their asses off when I was a kid and continue to do so to this day. I learned very early the difference between "want" and "need". I paid for my first car at 17 because I earned the money. The only time something was given to me was on a birthday or Christmas.
    * Bigot – Hahahaha… Oh man, this is the best part. Sorry for laughing. Let's go over my list of friends by ethnicity: Caucasion, African, Chinese, Japanese, Philipino, Indian, Mexican, etc. Now let's go over them by sexual preference: straight, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender. I won't even touch on the fetishes my friends have because I wouldn't want to offend you. So yeah, straight-up bigot over here…

  15. Paul Lad says:

    I'll sign up to be a teacher in a highly Republican District. What better way to nip problems in the bud.

  16. James Early says:

    Anthon Christopher Got Skittles? How 'bout some Swishas? No? Go get some, there's plenty of Zimmermans' and Wilsons' out there ready to make you "good" should you decide to commit a crime.

  17. james early, stop fisting your wife , got dick, no? hire me I'll be the man for her you wish you were. there's plenty of other black dudes out there to make your entire female klan feel good.

  18. Eady Trice You are so right. It will give them the chance they want to kill any black child they want to. This state is a very prejudice stae and if my child was in this school department I would definitely think about home school. The teachers can't teach anymore anyway…

  19. James Early, You are definitely one of the prejudice people I talked about earlier. We don't need you on here and spreading hate…

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