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Gun Training Begins for Faculty, Staff at Arkansas School District

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. -- An Arkansas superintendent is arming volunteer teachers and staff with guns starting this fall.
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. -- An Arkansas superintendent is arming volunteer teachers and staff with guns starting this fall.

The training for the "Emergency Response Team" began last Thursday in Clarksville, a plan created in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

Twenty children died that day when Adam Lanza broke into a school and started shooting inside classrooms. Dr. David Hopkins says if the same thing were to happen in his school district, armed volunteers will be prepared.

"We continue to have these school shootings, and we continue to do the same thing," explains the Clarksville Superintendent. "We lock the door, and we hide and hope for the best. Well that's not a plan."

Dr. Hopkins' idea is to train his own faculty and staff with firearms. The team will be made up of over 20 volunteer teachers and staff who will undergo 53 hours of training.

"We're not just talking about passing out guns to whoever. We're putting people through some very rigorous training," he explains.

Dr. Hopkins says students will not know which teachers are armed, but parents can be assured the Emergency Response team will be ready in a moment's notice.

"They're not gonna be in a uniform, and they're not gonna be wagging their gun on their side," explains the superintendent.  "We're going to be very discrete about it, but yet we're going to be trained professionals, and we're going to be able to provide security for our kids in a matter of seconds instead of minutes."


Story courtesy: KNWA
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