The decision by a rural, one-school Texas district to allow employees to carry concealed handguns has reopened a heated debate about the appropriateness of guns on school campuses--and it has some school safety experts scratching their heads.

In an effort to keep students safe, trustees of the Harrold Independent School District adopted a policy last October that allows some employees to carry a concealed handgun. The policy was first widely reported in August.

According to the policy, Harrold school employees must be licensed by the state to carry a gun, must undergo additional training in crisis management and hostile situations, and can...

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