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Van parents react to shooting incident in district shooting class

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A Van Independent School District employee named Glenn Geddie was released from the hospital Thursday after being treated for a gunshot wound sustained during a district class meant to educate employees on the new policies for carrying guns on campus.

Family friends said Geddie is a maintenance supervisor for the district.

In late January Van ISD joined a growing list of East Texas districts willing to arm teachers as a way of guarding against a gunman on campus.

"It took shooter in Connecticut a little over 3 minutes to kill over 20 kids and those are the critical moments we can't waste," Van ISD Superintendent Don Dunn told CBS 19 on January 23.

At the time Dunn called it a move that reflects a sad time in American history.

"They'll be concealed handguns and those who are authorized to carry will be required to keep that handgun on their person at all times," Dunn said.

Dunn's staff refused an interview on his behalf Thursday. School board members CBS 19 tried to contact were unavailable or did not respond.

The district released the following statement:

"At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement."

On Wednesday night school board member Lesley Goode told our news partners at the Tyler Morning Telegraph that none of what happened changed his mind about going forward with guns on campus.

Around town some people are wondering whether the policy should stand.

"Yes, I'm upset. Especially since that happened," Van ISD Parent and Grandparent Tammi Mims said. "I was against it to begin with. But since that's happened I really think they need to take a second look at what they're doing."

Other people say bringing guns on campus is still better than pretending the world is a safe place.

"It's better than no measures. We've got to protect our children," Peggy North said. "That's the bottom line."

Van city leaders said the school district's police force was handling the investigation without help from city officers.

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