Arkansas panel splits on allowing armed teachers

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state board has barred two Arkansas school districts from using a licensing law to employ teachers and staff as armed guards, but ruled another district can use the same law to arm employees.

    The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday revoked the licenses issued to the Clarksville and Lake Hamilton school districts that classified them as private security firms. The board voted that the Cutter Morning Star School District could keep its licenses for another two years.

    The panel was reviewing 13 districts that had been issued licenses. An attorney general's opinion last month said the licensing law was intended for private security companies, not public schools. State law prohibits guns on campus, but an exception is included for licensed security guards.

    THV 11's Kevin Trager was at the meeting and will have more on THV 11 news at 5 and 6.

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