HISD Police News
From time to time the Hallsville ISD Police Department will publish various informative bulletins to keep our community members in the know. These publishings can be found here, or listed at the bottom of this page as a downloadable file.
Our department believes it takes everyopne working together to raise and educate our future leaders and we will continue to strive daily to create an optimal safe learning environment for our students, teachers, and staff.
Website Notice Regarding the Refusal of Entry to or Ejection of an Individual from District Property
In accordance with Education Code 37.105, a school administrator, school resource officer (SRO), or school district peace officer of a school district may refuse to allow a person to enter on or may eject a person from property under the district’s control if the person refuses to leave peaceably on request and:
1. The person poses a substantial risk of harm to any person; or
2. The person behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting, and:
A. The administrator, resource officer, or peace officer issues a verbal warning to the person that the person's behavior is inappropriate and may result in the person's refusal of entry or ejection; and
B. The person persists in that behavior
A person ejected from or refused entry to District property under this provision may appeal this action by filing an appeal under FNG(LOCAL) or GF(LOCAL) and shall be permitted to address the Board in person within 90 days of the commencement of the appeal if the grievance is not resolved at a previous level.
Open Carry Notification
Greetings and best wishes for a great year from the Hallsville ISD Police Department!
There has been a lot of conversation and some conjecture concerning the Open Carry law over the past week or two. Just as many other counties, cities and ISDs are doing I wanted to reach out to you and share some information that should help to clear up any questions. I have received information from the Texas Attorney General as well as the Harrison District Attorney’s office that I hope will resolve any questions that may be lingering out there.
The new Texas law concerning Open Carry went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. This law allows a person with a License To Carry (LTC) to carry his or her firearm openly in a hip holster or shoulder holster. This is a change from the law that formerly required a license holder to carry the firearm in a concealed holster.
The new law does not replace or supersede the current Texas Penal Code Section 46.03, which states that “a person commits an offense if he or she carries a firearm “on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution.”
Due to the new Open Carry Law, signs will now be posted at entrances of each Hallsville ISD facility that will NOT allow guns on the premises. Hallsville ISD campuses, buildings and athletic facilities will be among those that post the weapons prohibitive signage.
Teachers, staff, students, parents and other visitors are PROHIBITED from bringing a gun onto the property or premises of a school or school facility. It is still illegal for anyone, including LTC holders, to carry a firearm to school or district functions such as sporting events, field trips or board meetings. This signage, pursuant to State Law, will be strictly enforced at all times.
For more information, please reference Chapter 46.03 and 46.035 of the Texas Penal Code for an inclusive list of places where weapons are prohibited.
God bless and be safe,
Chief of Police
Hallsville ISD Police Department