LOMETA, TX — From clear bag policies to armed campus certifications to metal detectors, schools across the country are taking different measures to ensure safety.
In fact, according to the Texas Association of School Boards, there are 311 districts in the Lone Star State where the board has authorized employees or officials to possess firearms.
Lometa ISD is an armed school district and on Thursday, teachers shared they took another measure to protect their students by participating in active defense shooter training.
Jessica Maldonado shared keeping her students safe is a huge part of her job.
"I went to school here when I was in high school, and so it's like home. And these kids mean a lot to me,” said Maldonado.
Maldonado recently participated in active shooter defense training, alongside other Lometa ISD staff.
"We're a concealed carry campus, so it's not really about the concealed carry part of the campus though. It's more about, how do I defend my classroom and my kids in my classroom?” said Michael Sibberson, Lometa School.
"Everything they got in that classroom and in the school can be used as weapons, from fire extinguishers, to scissors, to books, to chemicals from the lab room,” said Johnny Price, owner of Big Iron Handgun Training.
Maldonado said she learned strategies, if ever needed, she would use.
"I think if we have actions in place and we are more aware of what we can do, we can really protect our kids more,” said Maldonado.