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Arkansas school district's plan to arm teachers ruled illegal

Posted by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:18 AM
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Arkansas school district's plan to arm teachers ruled illegal

Danny Johnston / AP file

A Clarksville, Ark., schools faculty member, wearing a protective mask, carries a practice handgun toward a classroom in a training exercise July 11.

A controversial program to arm teachers and school staff members in an Arkansas town was shot down Thursday as illegal under state law.

The Clarksville School District, in central Arkansas northwest of Little Rock, instituted an "Emergency Response Team" last month in response to the mass shootings in December that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

"We continue to have these school shootings, and we continue to do the same thing," Superintendent David Hopkins told NBC station KARK of Little Rock after a training exercise July 11 for teachers and staff — complete with fake guns.



"We're going to lock the door, and we're going to hide and hope for the best," he said. "Well, that's not a plan."

The new plan — which would have armed about 20 volunteer teachers and staff members — troubled some legislators, who sought a ruling on its legality from state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.



In an opinion issued Thursday, McDaniel said state codes don't 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 said the opinion doesn't prohibit school districts' contracting with licensed private security companies, and he said that if lawmakers do want teachers to be armed, they can change state law.

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Eighteen states allow adults to carry loaded weapons onto school grounds with few or minor conditions, according to an NBC News review of firearms and education laws in all 50 states. Arkansas isn't among them.

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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:22 AM
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damn law-makers butting-in on our 2nd amendment rights to give guns to a bunch of underpaid, stressed-out state employees dealing with a building full of hormonally challenged kids five-days out of the week!
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:23 AM
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My children will not attend a school where the teachers are armed.
MelanieJK
by Silver Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:39 AM
I don't think the six/seven year olds at Newtown were "hormonally challenged". In some areas, hormonally challenged aged kids are already shooting each other and committing crimes. They seem to be finding weapons without any help from the school districts.
Quoting -Celestial-:

damn law-makers butting-in on our 2nd amendment rights to give guns to a bunch of underpaid, stressed-out state employees dealing with a building full of hormonally challenged kids five-days out of the week!

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 2, 2013 at 5:13 AM

I just meant handing a teacher a gun. I know teachers can get stressed out. I was a TA a few years back and the classroom had 33 students in it, the poor woman was at her wits end towards the end of the day. She'd just hand out color by number sheets to get them quiet.

Quoting MelanieJK:

I don't think the six/seven year olds at Newtown were "hormonally challenged". In some areas, hormonally challenged aged kids are already shooting each other and committing crimes. They seem to be finding weapons without any help from the school districts.
Quoting -Celestial-:

damn law-makers butting-in on our 2nd amendment rights to give guns to a bunch of underpaid, stressed-out state employees dealing with a building full of hormonally challenged kids five-days out of the week!


JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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Good
Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Well America is just broken if we can't even put guns into classrooms.

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Common ground!

I agree.

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

Good



MelanieJK
by Silver Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

 It's a stretch to think she would resort to using her gun.    It says this is voluntary and they're trained and ther were only 20 initially (in the entire district?..) so it's not like they're just passing them out willy nilly.


Quoting -Celestial-:

I just meant handing a teacher a gun. I know teachers can get stressed out. I was a TA a few years back and the classroom had 33 students in it, the poor woman was at her wits end towards the end of the day. She'd just hand out color by number sheets to get them quiet.

Quoting MelanieJK:

I don't think the six/seven year olds at Newtown were "hormonally challenged". In some areas, hormonally challenged aged kids are already shooting each other and committing crimes. They seem to be finding weapons without any help from the school districts.
Quoting -Celestial-:

damn law-makers butting-in on our 2nd amendment rights to give guns to a bunch of underpaid, stressed-out state employees dealing with a building full of hormonally challenged kids five-days out of the week!



 

RandRMomma
by Maya on Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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Fantastic! Teachers shouldn't have guns.
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM
Well maybe, the school could replace the high sugary drinks in the vending machine and replace it with guns.

That means, only the good kids and teachers know to bring correct change to get their 2nd amendment rights ... And the bad kids and teachers are too dumb to know to bring correct change.

We help the kids get healthy and protected at the same time.

God bless America!


Quoting Momniscient:

Well America is just broken if we can't even put guns into classrooms.


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