Texas School District Gives Deputies AR-15s, Installs Facial Recognition, Tracking IDs

‘We’re not playing around. This isn’t some kind of little game to us…’

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A Texas school district said it is “not playing around” when it comes to the safety of students, as it unveils one of the most rigorous school-security plans in modern history.

The Texas City Independent School District said it will arm security guards with AR-15 rifles, install facial recognition devices to monitor who enters and exits the schools, and track students (while they are on campus) with radio frequency ID badges, according to Fox News.

“We’re not playing around. This isn’t some kind of little game to us. We put a lot of time, money, and effort into this,” said Rodney Cavness, superintendent of schools for the Texas City Independent School District.

Mike Matranga, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, developed the plan after the district gave him $6.5 million to secure its schools.

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“What we’re trying to do is buy time, and by buying time and by having a deputy on campus or multiple deputies on campus, that time allows our deputies to respond and do their job,” Matranga said.

At Blocker Middle School, Matranga ordered the installation of bullet-resistant film on all glass, WPTV reported.

The receptionist at the school can lock all entrances with the touch of a button. The school also received new doors that can withstand 3,000 pounds of force.

The school gave every teacher an “active shooter” app that they can use to alert local authorities.

“Soon, the district will even have a system of cameras capable of object and facial recognition,” Matranga says. “They’ll be able to tell when someone’s on campus who shouldn’t be.”

Matranga said the AR-15 rifles will be secured with a passcode, and only deputies will have access to them in emergencies.

“These are the weapons we purchased for our deputies,” Matranga said. “I’m a firm believer that we fight firepower with superior firepower.”

The school district decided to upgrade its security systems after a nearby school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas left 10 people dead.