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Ark. School District Plans To Arm Teachers

July 30, 2013  | 

A small Arkansas school district is arming and training 20 volunteer teachers and staff with handguns for fall classes under a little known state law allowing license, armed security guards on campus.

The armed volunteers arrive at the public schools in Clarksville, a 9,200-resident community northwest of Little Rock, as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the superintendent tells USA Today.

The volunteers have undergone 53 hours of training and will be armed with 9mm handguns. Participants will be given a $1,100 stipend to purchase a gun and holster. The district is spending about $50,000 for ammunition and training at a private facility.

Tags: Campus Safety, Sandy Hook School Shooting, Firearms Training


Comments (10)

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Brian @ 7/30/2013 10:04 AM

Say goodbye to your insurance policy Clarksville.

chuck @ 7/30/2013 3:11 PM

I don't think they have a choice Brian. Its either take it to the threat or get more people killed. I applaud them for doing this. There making the choice to defend their kids rather than sitting on their laurels and letting Obummer dictate how we should protect ourselves. We could also have show and tell with Joe Shotgun Biden

gp cobb @ 7/30/2013 6:22 PM

Amen Chuck, SSS and Carry.

nick @ 7/30/2013 6:32 PM

I love it. At least there are 20 more good citizens with guns willing to die to protect our kids, just like most of us on this site.

Bob@Az. @ 7/30/2013 8:38 PM

Brian, read the story again. It's under a state law, their undergoing training at about $2,500 a pop at a private facility, and their more concerned with protecting the kids than insurance. Shame more districts - and departments - don't share that concern. Blues, Stay Safe.

Bob @ VA @ 7/31/2013 6:49 AM

It's about time we start taking concrete steps to protect our children from violent predators. Kudos to Arkansas and this school district, but it's sad that it took more innocent blood to wake people up to the threat.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/31/2013 10:45 AM

Good idea, but I would use a different caliber for a class room. You would not want the projectile to go through the suspect and hit a victim. I feel a 38spec. wadcutter or 45 cal. would be safer for a class room. What do you think ?

officerJason @ 7/31/2013 10:53 PM

Capt. A pistol round is a pistol round.any common defensive Caliber makes little difference in a pass through on a person. Its the type of bullet that matters. Pistol rounds actually penetrate MORE walls than a rifle round. Im just glad theyre taking this big step and praying more communities follow

Capt. Crunch @ 8/1/2013 10:40 AM


@officerJason, thanks for your input, I guess the best way to go would be with a slow moving 9mm, hollow point.

Sam Glickman @ 11/19/2013 11:14 AM

Israel has had a similar sensible program for decades. Armed teachers and other armed civilians have prevented numerous terrorist attacks and cut short others. When you see Israeli school groups on an outing such as to Masada or the Dead Sea, you routinely see armed teachers and escorts. Reading the article above, it sounds like the teachers in Arkansas are receiving superb and extensive training. I agree that 9mm semiautos are an excellent choice, especially now that there is good ammo which works well defensively and is at the same time designed not to penetrate walls.

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