Arkansas School Arms Teachers

Clarksville High School, in a town of 9,200 in Arkansas, is giving concealed-carry weapons to around 20 teachers and staff members after parent hysteria over the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Arkansas law allows armed guards on school property, so the teachers and officials will undergo the 53 hours of training required to be considered “guards.” Clarksville has no history of armed violence, but calls from parents prompted the plan. State officials aren’t stopping it, but Arkansas’s minister of education says he is strongly opposed.