Teachers in Arkansas to Carry Concealed Handguns at Schoolby Sarah Lazare for Common Dreams
This fall when students fill the halls of Clarksville High School in Arkansas, over 20 teachers, administrators, and employees will be packing concealed 9 mm handguns.
Administrators say the influx of arms will protect students from attacks like last year’s tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
"We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have unless something happens. We’ve got these people who are already hired and using them in other areas," Superintendent David Hopkins told the AP.
Yet, the Arkansas Education Association declared the development ‘awful,’ with Donna Morey— former president of the Arkansas Education Association—insisting, “We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon.”
School heads are cashing in on an Arkansas state law that allows schools to employ armed security guards, as long as they have a license. Teachers who undergo 53 hours of training will meet the requirement.
This will be the first time that the conservative state will allow teachers to roam the hall with concealed guns, although a school in Garland County, Arkansas kept a chest of locked guns for use in emergencies, the AP reports.
In the wake of the Newton killings, the National Rifle Association called for a flood of guns into teachers’ hands as a protection against further violence, despite the pleas of safety advocates—including family members of deceased Newton victims—for more gun controls.
"It is madness to me to put guns into an environment filled with children and unarmed people," Mark Potok—Southern Poverty Law Center senior fellow who has written extensively about the NRA—told Common Dreams. “This is the kind of insanity the NRA, which has largely been taken over by extremists, is pushing.”
Center for American Progress studies show that weak gun laws and increased arms correlate with higher levels of gun violence: Arkansas has the 15th weakest gun laws in the US and is the 9th worst in gun violence.
School resources will be funneled into the arms program in a district beset with poverty and inequality. Over 28 percent of Clarksville residents live below the poverty level, with 11 percent living below half of the poverty level: rates significantly higher than the rest of the state, according to city data.
—
In this photo taken July 11, 2013, practice air-powered handguns sit on a teacher’s desk in a classroom at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Ark. Twenty Clarksville School District staff members are training during the summer to be armed security guards on campus. (Photo: AP/Danny Johnston)

Teachers in Arkansas to Carry Concealed Handguns at School
by Sarah Lazare for Common Dreams

This fall when students fill the halls of Clarksville High School in Arkansas, over 20 teachers, administrators, and employees will be packing concealed 9 mm handguns.

Administrators say the influx of arms will protect students from attacks like last year’s tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

"We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have unless something happens. We’ve got these people who are already hired and using them in other areas," Superintendent David Hopkins told the AP.

Yet, the Arkansas Education Association declared the development ‘awful,’ with Donna Morey— former president of the Arkansas Education Association—insisting, “We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon.”

School heads are cashing in on an Arkansas state law that allows schools to employ armed security guards, as long as they have a license. Teachers who undergo 53 hours of training will meet the requirement.

This will be the first time that the conservative state will allow teachers to roam the hall with concealed guns, although a school in Garland County, Arkansas kept a chest of locked guns for use in emergencies, the AP reports.

In the wake of the Newton killings, the National Rifle Association called for a flood of guns into teachers’ hands as a protection against further violence, despite the pleas of safety advocates—including family members of deceased Newton victims—for more gun controls.

"It is madness to me to put guns into an environment filled with children and unarmed people," Mark Potok—Southern Poverty Law Center senior fellow who has written extensively about the NRA—told Common Dreams. “This is the kind of insanity the NRA, which has largely been taken over by extremists, is pushing.”

Center for American Progress studies show that weak gun laws and increased arms correlate with higher levels of gun violence: Arkansas has the 15th weakest gun laws in the US and is the 9th worst in gun violence.

School resources will be funneled into the arms program in a district beset with poverty and inequality. Over 28 percent of Clarksville residents live below the poverty level, with 11 percent living below half of the poverty level: rates significantly higher than the rest of the state, according to city data.

In this photo taken July 11, 2013, practice air-powered handguns sit on a teacher’s desk in a classroom at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Ark. Twenty Clarksville School District staff members are training during the summer to be armed security guards on campus. (Photo: AP/Danny Johnston)

  1. sharkie335 reblogged this from everythingsbetterwithbisexuals
  2. made-of-nguyen reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  3. therationalromantic reblogged this from progenyofworms
  4. callmeekhaleesi reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  5. thepeoplearewatching reblogged this from real-news
  6. miss-revolt reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  7. everbright-mourning reblogged this from madmaudlingoes
  8. startenthousand reblogged this from feministbatwoman and added:
    So glad to hear Arkansas is putting money into important things, like guns, instead of frivolities like pencils and...
  9. stringsdafistmcgee reblogged this from fortheloveofgop and added:
    Its like they think teachers are good, trustworthy people 100% of the time who never ever make mistakes. What if the...
  10. unsurpassedtravesty reblogged this from stoneagechronicles
  11. fortheloveofgop reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias and added:
    Honestly, if I had a school-age child, I’d feel less safe if their teachers started carrying guns, not more.
  12. pandahspunk reblogged this from realworldnews
  13. alifefulloflemontrees reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  14. novaless reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  15. shushtring reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president and added:
    Goddamnit Arkansas. What The Fuck
  16. pearlsandasweaterset reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  17. feministbatwoman reblogged this from skyliting
  18. comicthings reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  19. horrorpunkotaku reblogged this from barkingpoptarts and added:
    They actually do something fairly similar to this in Israel just to more extreme degree. It’s actually quite effective...
  20. ookamibito reblogged this from semanswallows
  21. semanswallows reblogged this from stonerscully and added:
    So our educators who have commited their lives to educating children must now also be faced with the unfortunate task of...
  22. expecting-the-worst reblogged this from drunken-bakeneko
  23. based-bud reblogged this from mulerone
  24. drunken-bakeneko reblogged this from stonerscully
  25. real-news reblogged this from withquestionableskeletons
  26. cjordan5 reblogged this from puckspoliticsandpussy
  27. barkingpoptarts reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  28. madshoulder reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  29. wikiped-ian reblogged this from withquestionableskeletons
  30. realworldnews reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  31. mintike reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  32. holleygolightly reblogged this from not-at-the-dinner-table
  33. progenyofworms reblogged this from not-at-the-dinner-table and added:
    Step 1 in quality teaching is DONT TERRIFY YOUR STUDENTS BY CARRYING LOADED FIREARMSFUCK
  34. puckspoliticsandpussy reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  35. mulerone reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  36. stonerscully reblogged this from stoneagechronicles
Short URL for this post: http://tmblr.co/ZHbEotrWL3LE