CLARKSVILLE, Ark., (UPI) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has ruled a state school district’s plan to arm teachers is illegal.
McDaniel issued the opinion Thursday in response to the Clarksville School District announcement it plans to arm about 20 volunteer teachers and staff members.
Superintendent David Hopkins told NBC News the plan is intended to prevent the kind of massacre that occurred in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 school children and six faculty and staff members were shot and killed.
“We continue to have these school shootings, and we continue to do the same thing,” Hopkins said after a training exercise July 11 for teachers and staff. “We’re going to lock the door, and we’re going to hide and hope for the best. Well, that’s not a plan.”
McDaniel said state codes do not authorize “either licensing a school district as a guard company or classifying it as a private business authorized to employ its own teachers as armed guards.”
McDaniel if lawmakers want teachers to be armed, they would need to change state law.