CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — When classes at Clarksville High School resume in August, assistant principal Cheyne Dougan will be among the more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees carrying concealed weapons.

According to the Associated Press, the group of 20 school employees will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.

After undergoing 53 hours of training, Dougan and other teachers at the school will be considered guards, according to the report.

No school district in Arkansas has ever used the law to arm teachers on the job, according to the state Department of Education.

State officials are not blocking Clarksville’s plan, but Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell is opposed to the idea of arming teachers and staff.

Read more: Associated Press


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