Clarksville High School in the southern state of Arkansas has found a loophole in state law which will enable it to arm more than 20 teachers and other staff from next term.
Gun control in the USA has long been debated, particularly with school shootings such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last year and the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.
“The plan we’ve been given in the past is ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best’,” said Superintendent David Hopkins.
Clarksville clearly thinks that this approach is not enough anymore.
Assistant Principal Cheye Dougan will be one of 20 armed staff at Clarksville High School which has decided that armed staff is the best way to defend its children. An Arkansas law that allows armed guards on campuses is being used, with 20 of the school’s teachers and other staff made guards so they can carry firearms, too.
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