Arkansas Panel To Discuss Plan To Arm Teachers, Staff

Aug 14, 2013

A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.

The Clarksville School District was using the license to train some administrators, teachers and staff to work as volunteer security guards carrying concealed handguns.

The district's superintendent has said he plans to move forward with the program if the licenses are upheld by the panel.