TX GOP-Backed Bill Would Enable Teachers To Kill Students ‘In Defense Of School Property’
If a brand new Texas style “shoot ’em up” bill ever becomes law, Texas public school teachers, who are already able to legally pack while at school, will have the right to use “deadly force” against students in defense of school property.
The bill, known as the Teacher’s Protection Act (H.B. 868), is authored by Republican State Rep. Dan Flynn, who currently has an “A-plus” rating from the NRA thanks to his pro-gun stances. If passed, H.B. 868 would shield teachers from prosecution for killing students who they perceive to be a threat to other students or anyone else who may be on school property. As it stands now, teachers are already immune to any disciplinary proceedings in Texas for using justified force – but not “deadly force.”
Teachers would also be permitted to kill students in order to protect school property. Presumably this means that if Little Johnny is caught defacing a school bus with spray paint, it would be totally legal for a teacher to pull out their gun and shoot Little Johnny. The teacher would also be immune from any civil suits that may be filed by Little Johnny’s parents.
In other words, teachers would have more discretion than even the cops have in Texas to shoot at students who they believe to be damaging school property, or who they feel pose a threat to them or other students.
Not only that, but there is a racial tangent to this story. As Think Progress notes:
“Such a bill could have disastrous consequences for students of color. A coalition of civil rights organizations found that black and Latino students face much higher rates of disciplinary action in schools, which exacerbates the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. By extension, if students of color are already disproportionately targeted by school authorities for their behavior, they could also become the targets of deadly force used by educators.”
You don’t need us to tell you just how ridiculous and draconian this bill is. It starts with the premise of students being such a grave danger to teachers that they need to bring guns to school for their own safety. What kind of message does that send to our children? Treating them like criminals is likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy for many of the students, since they are treated like they are bad kids, they will be more likely to do bad things.
And there are the endless ridiculous scenarios one can envision if this bill becomes law. What happens when a white teacher shoots an unarmed black or Hispanic kid without legitimate justification, but is still protected from prosecution due to this ridiculous bill?
Texas truly is an NRA gun-fascist’s paradise.