School sign warns teachers may be armed

MEDINA, Texas -- The Medina Independent School District is home to 303 students and possibly a few faculty members with firearms.

The school district added a sign last Wednesday that reads:

"ATTENTION: Please be aware that the staff at Medina ISD may be armed and will use whatever force is necessary to protect our students."

"We're 20 minutes or 25 minutes from Bandera and that's our closest law enforcement," Superintendent Penny White told KSAT.

White and one of the district board members say there wasn't any specific event that prompted discussion about the sign a year ago, but White hopes the sign will deter not just school shootings but any sort of violence.

"I think that anybody who might have a thought about harming someone in mind would think twice about it," White said.

People around town in Medina seemed to like the idea, KSAT reported.

"Schools have been a target for -- for lack of a better word -- crazy people, and I'm perfectly fine with it," said Jillian Sides, a mother of two Medina students.

"I don't have a problem with that at all. That's good," Medina resident Rod Grunwald said of the sign.

Though one mother had some concerns.

"I don't know if that's asking for trouble or not. I mean, you post a sign like that it may bring trouble unfortunately," Alisha Reagan said.

The sign only says that staff may be armed. So are any of them really? White isn't telling.

"We don't divulge anything about our safety plan because it would compromise the plan," she said.