Arkansas School District Arms Staff For Fall Term

Source: Doug Stanglin / USA Today

A small Arkansas school district is arming and training 20 volunteer teachers and staff with handguns for fall classes to become the first in the state to make use of a little-known state law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.

David Hopkins, superintendent of schools in Clarksville, says the move is in response to last year’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 20 students and six staff members dead.

“We lock the door, and we hide and hope for the best. Well that’s not a plan,” he tells KARK-TV.

Under the new program, 20 volunteers have undergone 53 hours of training in time for fall classes and will be armed with 9mm handguns.

“We’re not just talking about passing out guns to whoever. We’re putting people through some very rigorous training,” Hopkins says.

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