Students Speak on Victoria College’s New Handgun Policy

The words guns and school have never been two that have meshed well, but now that will change with the recent bill that was passed during the 84th legislature. This bill will allow students and faculty to carry concealed handguns on campus. But for students here in Victoria, the news of the new policy comes with mixed reviews.

“I don’t really have a problem with it, if it makes it less likely for people to die, I guess I’m all for it for the most part,” says VC student Janika Love.

“They may want to up security just slightly. They may want to have a couple of extra people to keep an eye out, and make sure no one’s doing what they’re not supposed to be doing,” says VC student Raeanna Spicer.

After extensive research and student input, Victoria College President, David Hinds, says they came up with a policy that fits the campus.

“I think we’ve done a good job and we’ve come into compliance with the law and I don’t expect any issues,” says Hinds.

VC’s Chief of Police, Felix Appelt, says now it will be a matter of educating those who plan on carrying.

“Students need to read the student handbook. Policies are in the student handbook. We’re going to have it posted online. Students should still feel free to contact our office if they have any questions,” says Appelt.

But still some students think that either way hand guns or not.

“Everyone should just respect the policy that has been in place. There is no changing it. If everyone is on the same page, it will be okay,” says VC student Gabriel Garcia.