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The Argyle, Texas Independent School District has armed many of its educators for the upcoming school year.

“Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students,” a sign on all independent campuses reads.

At the Argyle schools, any teacher who wishes to carry a firearm in class must first undergo special weapons training and pass a psychological test, ensuring that he is properly vetted and trained before carrying in the classroom.

While the district won’t release the names and number of teachers carrying in the classroom, it told a local Fox affiliate that training has been continuous since the program was approved last January.

“I think if a tragedy does occur, lives can be saved by guns being in the right hands, and I think the teachers here might be able to stop something like that,” one parent told My Fox 8 of the approved firearms.

The program is voluntary and will work closely with law enforcement and teachers who have existing concealed carry permits.