Faculty, Staff At Arkansas School To Carry Firearms


More than 20 teachers and administrators at schools in one small Southern town will be concealed-carrying firearms on campus this fall, after the school district in Clarksville, Arkansas, a family-friendly town of about 9,000 people, agreed to train and license certain employees as armed security guards.

In addition to completing a 53-hour training course, each licensed employee will be awarded a $1,100 stipend to buy a handgun and holster. The identities of most employees carrying the weapons isn’t being revealed, so that would-be criminals won’t hold an advantage – in the unlikely event a school is ever attacked. The district will, however, post signs at each school alerting students and visitors to the presence of armed guards.

The school district is also paying $50,000 for ammunition and for training at a privately-run academy.

“We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have unless something happens,” explained Superintendent David Hopkins. “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.

“The plan we’ve been given in the past is `Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,’” he added. “That’s not a plan.”

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  • Alan

    Well someone’s children are going to be a whole lot safer.

    • shafawn

      I’m sure who ever protects Obama’s children are armed. The people protecting our children should be armed as well.

      • Alan

        They most definitely are. That’s why I just love hearing all the liberal outrage when considering arming personnel in private sector schools is mentioned. Such hypocrisy.

        • Deerinwater

          I’ve not hear any outrage ~ I think that you are taking a single incident or just making it up. ~ Why ? what’s the need?

          There will always be some people opposed to guns, ~ My last wife hated them in the house. ~ I was left to hide them to keep the peace. General Jan was from a stanch Republican family and a military brat. ~ father (retired AF Major was a Reagan appointee. ~ so you don’t have to be a liberal to oppose guns.

  • Chris

    This is a great Idea. More schools should adopt it.

  • A. Parent

    My wife’s a teacher (and under no conditions can anyone, other than, “on-duty, uniformed-police”, legally posses a gun on school grounds within our state). However, since we love our children (and, after much discussion on the subject of legally-armed persons on school grounds… after Sandyhook), we both agree… in the insanely-unlikely event of an active shooter on school grounds, we would much rather our own children be at a “shoot-out” (between a criminal and a properly-trained, licensed firearm-owner), than to be at a mass-execution (in a, so-called, “gun-free” zone).

    • Alan

      That’s one of the most intelligent, common sense comments I’ve ever seen posited. Good for you sir.

    • JimH

      Just knowing a teacher may be armed would be a good deterrent.
      Since you can’t prove a negative we won’t know how much violence will be stopped before it happened, because the killer wouldn’t go to where potential victims can shoot back.
      Stopped without a shot being fired. Just how good is that?

    • Deerinwater

      If you are asking for permission , It’s usually “No”, ~ so why ask? ~ ” I’m all for “Don’t ask and don’t Tell”

  • WilliamHarrington

    I have never considered Arkansas a southern state but I do commend their recognition that being prepared for an emergency is preferable to the alternative.

    • Deerinwater

      oh! but she is.

      “. On February 26, 1913, the General Assembly adopted this design as the state’s official flag. The design remained unchanged until 1923, when the General Assembly added a fourth star to the central diamond to represent Arkansas’s membership in the Confederate States of America. At first, the stars were arranged with two above and two below the state’s name, but the Second Extraordinary Session in 1924 placed three stars below and one above, with the three lower stars arranged as an inverted triangle. A new element of symbolism was added: the twin stars immediately below the state’s name would suggest the “twin” relationship of Arkansas and Michigan, which were admitted to the Union within approximately seven months of each other, maintaining the balance between free and slave states in Congress. The Arkansas Code misstates this relationship by asserting that the states were admitted together on June 15, 1836; by the terms of an act of that date, both states were slated for admission, and Arkansas joined the Union on that date, but Michigan was delayed until January 26, 1837.”


  • rbrooks

    why does any american need a license to carry a gun.

    • Deerinwater

      to have, own, carry or implanted.

      • rbrooks

        tis interesting that a large number of the posters on this site feel different about the 2nd amendment than you or i.

  • Deerinwater

    Interesting ~ Considering Arkansas is one of the most Socialist leaning states in the Union ~ this is big news. ~ They are practical people , always have been. To live in a state , where thick underbrush, thicket and forest are impassable and “you can’t get there from here” ~ seems to foster Common Sense to problem solving.