Now That’s A Plan: Teachers Will Be Carrying Guns To School This Year In Arkansas

Published on July 30, 2013

Teachers and staff at Clarksville  High School in Arkansas have undergone 53 hours of intensive weapons  training in recent weeks, and they stand ready for school doors to open this  fall — locked and loaded, ready to fend off the type of disaster that rocked a  Connecticut community in December and left 20 children dead.

“The plan we’ve been given in the past is, ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off  your lights and hope for the best,’” Superintendent David  Hopkins said, in The Associated Press. But school shootings continued to  take place around the nation. And in response, the district decided, he said,  “That’s not a plan.”

So come fall, at Clarksville, Assistant  Principal Cheyne Dougan will be packing a 9  mm handgun, AP reported. And more than 20 other teachers, administrators and  school staffers will be similarly armed.

Arkansas law lets schools employ licensed, armed security guards — and the  teachers and staffers met that criteria, after they took the 53 hours of  required gun training, AP reported.

“We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have  unless something happens,” said Mr.  Hopkins, in the AP reported. “We’ve got these people who are already hired  and using them in other areas. Hopefully, we’ll never have to use them as a  security guard.”

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