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At the entrance to Utopia School in Texas America, a sign read "Attention! this institution is protected by armed personnel ".   Since 2018, this has been a measure aimed at preventing tragedy such as that experienced by nearby Yuvaldi, where a 19-child boy and two schools were killed in Tuesday's shooting.




At the entrance to Utopia School in Texas America, a sign read "Attention! this institution is protected by armed personnel ".


Since 2018, this has been a measure aimed at preventing tragedy such as that experienced by nearby Yuvaldi, where a 19-child boy and two schools were killed in Tuesday's shooting.


  • Utopia is a healthy town with only 200 inhabitants and lies between sprawling hills and fields.
  • The scene is limited to a main road, which has about a dozen shops on its sides with some sub-streets.
  • Its inhabitants were trying to accommodate the tragedy that had struck three days earlier at Rob Elementary School in Yovaldi
  • where an 18-year-old had committed a massacre by means of a semi-automatic offensive weapon.


"There is no way to prevent these from happening entirely, but I consider the knowledge that people who are armed and willing to protect our children at all costs are here (at school) to a great extent deterrent."


This action, which has been taken in dozens of schools in Texas since its statewide passage in 2013


has returned to the forefront in the United States, where debate has once again emerged about how best to stop shootings in educational institutions.


  1. Teachers wishing to take up arms in Utopia must be licensed and apply to the school's governing body
  2. which issues its decision after having seen the teacher's case law, as Michael Deere explains.
  3. In the latter's view, this measure is a way of compensating for the shortage of police in the vicinity of the town in the north-east of Yovaldi district.


"We are very isolated and the sheriff's organs are very busy in the south of the province where people are crossing the border (with Mexico).. Therefore, the security forces need a minimum of 25 to 30 minutes and it is too late. "


In an auditorium filled with cups won by the school's sports teams, Bryson Calrymble's Pentecostal is most influenced when he talks about the Yovaldi massacre where he grew up.


The science teacher, who is also responsible for school security, says, "It is very influential and I am afraid for the children", and he considers that in the event of an attack teachers' weapons will "eliminate the problem before it worsens".


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday on Fox News that more schools should arm their staff.


"We cannot stop bad guys from doing bad work," he said, stressing that arming teachers to "respond quickly" to an attack is "the best solution."


The "National Education Association", however, is of the view that "the introduction of more weapons to school increases their seriousness and does not protect children and teachers from any firearms violence".


  • In a statement, union president Becky Pringle added, "Teachers must study and not act as security agents."
  • In Utopia, Shugar Bennett initially opposed the decision of her son Jason's school
  • but the 46-year-old woman changed her mind with repeated shootings in the country and became "safer" because of the procedure.


Her son favours the idea of some of his teachers being armed, especially since the Yovaldi massacre, and asserts that "they have a good experience of using weapons to protect us if necessary".


In this context, science teacher Bryson Dalrymple promises to say, "The pupils here are my children, if something happens I will defend them until my last throat."