Clarksville Schools to stop gun training program

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After hearing the opinion of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Clarksville School Superintendent David Hopkins said they will stop their gun training program.

    Hopkins knew controversy would stir when trying to arm teachers, but the Clarksville superintendent didn't expect the security plan would be nixed by the legal system.

    "It was like a bombshell to us you, know? It really took the wind out of our sails," said Hopkins.

    Thursday, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel deemed it illegal for the district to arm more than 20 teachers and staff through a training program with state police.

    "It doesn't have anything to do with who has the commission to be the security guard. It has to do with the entity holding the license," McDaniel explained.

    Hopkins said the district will suspend the program for now. Warren Johnson's grandson goes to Clarksville schools, and he said he's uncomfortable arming teachers.

    "...Having guards maybe, but having teachers armed? I don't think it is a good idea," said Johnson.

    Amanda Williams, a Clarksville resident, wants the program in the district.

    "Has more protection for our kids. If someone were to come into the school with a gun or whatever, shooting kids then they could eliminate that," said Williams.

    Hopkins said so far, the district spent nearly $70,000 to kick start the gun training program.

    "We've acted in good faith with what we were trying to do and our representation of what we're trying to do with the state police, and I certainly believe they have acted in good faith. They have in fact issued us security license that are required by law," said Hopkins.

    Hopkins said the district will seek legal counsel about the program moving forward.

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