Teapublican Rep. Dan Flynn has introduced Stand Your Ground type legislation for educators in the state. House Bill 868 would allow teachers to use deadly force on students if they reasonably believe they are in danger. What could possibly go wrong?!
The bill states:
An educator is justified in using 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 the students at the school that employs the educator…[Source]
So if a teacher feels as if he or she is in danger, they can kill a student. Lovely.
The bill also allows teachers to use deadly force to protect the property of the school that employs them. So if a teacher sees a student stealing a computer then they are allowed to shoot that student? Sure sounds like it.
In Texas, teachers are already allowed to carry guns. In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that claimed the lives of 20 students and 6 educators, it was one of the states to pass laws allowing teachers to bring their guns to school. The point of that was to give teachers the power to be the good guy with a gun and stop a mass shooting, but this bill is different.
This bill is much like a Stand Your Ground bill. “Omigosh! That minority student looks threatening! Let’s shoot him — we’re scared!” Seem far fetched? It’s not.
The problem with laws like this is that everyone’s definition of a “reasonable threat” is different. Who do you think is going to be the first person shot by a teacher? The white kid or the black or Latino kid?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
The best part about the bill is that it grants teachers, who use deadly force, civil immunity. So the teacher can kill a kid or injure a kid because they feel afraid and they cannot be sued.
If the bill is passed by a two-thirds margin it will take effect immediately.
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