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Ark. AG: Arming of Teachers Not Permitted

August 05, 2013  | 

A state board that licenses private security agencies doesn't have the authority to allow school districts to employ educators and staff as security personnel, according to a legal opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

The announcement came a few days after the Clarksville School District announced that it planned to use more than 20 teachers and staff as volunteer security guards armed with concealed 9mm firearms. In his opinion, McDaniel stated that school districts in the state were seeking licenses under a provision of the law that applies to private security firms and guard companies.

McDaniel noted that districts would still have the ability to contract with private security companies or use law enforcement as school resource officers, the Associated Press reports. He also stated that the legislature could change the law prohibiting school employees from carrying guns on campus.

Comments (5)

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Bob @ VA @ 8/5/2013 4:42 PM

So, I guess that it's OK w/the AG to leave kids open to slaughter by mental defectives and violent predators. What a moron.

fedtrnr @ 8/6/2013 2:59 AM

Good job Mr. McDaniel, make sure there is nobody there in the school at the time of an attack unless the school system can come up with enough money to pay someone else to do it. You are already paying the teachers to be in the school and they know more about who should and shouldn't be there than anyone (unless there are SRO's in the school). Get the local police to give the to be armed teachers a couple weeks of active threat training during the summer every year, and press on. The people should make sure he is not the AG any more, protecting our kids is more important than petty gun-hating sentiment.

David Gerni @ 8/6/2013 5:42 AM

Safety of the children and teachers is a top priority and finding the best way to secure the thousands of different type schools in our country. I am not a strong advocate of arming teachers but interested in the topic of school safety. I work for Arrow Safety and we are supplying schools with Ballistic White Boards and Clip Boards that meet Level 3A specs and is an everyday tool but can help when the intruder(s) enter the building. The topic is very dear to me since my wife and oldest daughter are teachers and my youngest is graduating next year and plans to be a teacher as well.

NJmotorcop @ 8/7/2013 10:28 AM

"The people should make sure he is not the AG any more, protecting our kids is more important than petty gun-hating sentiment."

There is nothing in the article to support this conclusion. Since he offered the alternative of the legislature changing the improper law prohibiting guns on campus it appears that his opinion was simply a warning to stop the schools or the security board from doing something that they could be held liable for.

FYI - AGs don't normally issue such opinions on thier own, they are usually issued only after someone asks about the legality of something.

Sgt. Mike @ 8/7/2013 8:34 PM

One more excuse to step over dollars to pick up pennies (and votes presumably). Teachers are already given a background and if they can qualify with a firearm and are willing to accept the responsibility, they are the perfect people to discreetly provide this level of security. After all, we can assume they are level headed, reasonable people and they are already in place and familiar with the environment.

Forbidding Teachers from carrying a life saving tool because some State AG doesn't like the idea, is a foolish lack of foresight.

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