School sign: Please be aware that the staff at Shamrock ISD is armed

      Shamrock ISD has placed this sign in two places on their campus.

      Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, schools all across the United States have been putting emphasis and more money into security.

      Shamrock Independent School District is no different.

      Their $150,000 security plan includes bullet proof windows, 30 security cameras and an intercom system. They also have put up two new signs at the front of the high school and elementary school.

      These signs say, "Attention. Please be aware that the staff at Shamrock ISD is armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students."


      e want people, when they drive up to our campus, to realize that we have taken the steps to protect our kids and our staff. That's the deterrent we intend for it to be

      ," said Wes Beck, superintendent.

      The district voted unanimously in July to allow trained staff members to have a firearm on campus.

      He said the signs were not necessarily motivated by the Sandy Hook incident.

      "This was not a knee-jerk reaction," Beck said. "That was not the guiding force that pushed us over the edge."

      The new secuirty plan for the district has been in the works for over a year. The signs were just a part of it.

      And Shamrock residents have welcomed the signs.


      I think it's a good deal because they need to protect the teachers and the kids. As long as they're protecting the kids, I don't see nothing wrong with it

      ," said Carolyn Varnell, business owner.


      hen we drop them at the schools, we expect them to keep our children safe. And if they can keep an extra precaution to keep our children safe, why shouldn't they?

      " said Mary Irvin, Shamrock resident.

      Irvin compared these signs to neighborhood watch signs. "[They say] h

      ey we're here. We are going to enforce the law. We are not going to tolerate it and we will take whatever means necessary