Arkansas Trains and Arms 20 Teachers and Staff For the Fall Semester
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In the debate on how to best protect students from mass shootings, the idea to arm teachers was originally shot down as being ludicrous. However, in recent months many states and school districts have taken steps to do just that.
Now it seems Arkansas is leading the charge on that initiative.
Over 20 teachers and staff will enter school halls armed with handguns in the fall in the town of Clarksville.
The school district is using a statute in Arkansas law which allows for armed, trained security guards at the school.
Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on a handful of guards, who can only be in one place at a time, the school district decided it would be a better use of funds and a more effective defense plan to train and arm staff.
The staff taking part will receive a stipend to buy a gun, holster and ammo and the school is paying for thousands of dollars of professional training from Nighthawk Custom Training Academy (you probably know Nighthawk for their high end, combat 1911 pistols).
Of course the initiative has its critics. According to NBC,
There are other dissenters, too. Donna Morey, former president of the Arkansas Education Association, called the idea of arming teachers “awful.”
The risk of a student accidentally getting shot or obtaining a gun outweighs any benefits, she said.
“We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon,” Morey said…
…Sherry Wommack said the program is one reason she’s taking her son, an incoming eighth-grader, out of Clarksville’s schools before the school year begins. Wommack said she doesn’t believe teachers should make life-or-death choices involving students.
“I think police officers are trained to make those decisions, not teachers,” Wommack said.
I guess Wommack doesn’t realize the teachers will be required to have more live fire training each year than police officers in Arkansas and their training will be more tailored to rescue and self defense training than police officers’ training, which is tailored to a wider variety of situations.