The plan to arm certain Clarksville School District teachers at the beginning of this school year has been put on hold.
According to Northwest Arkansas news station KHBS, the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators will suspend the licenses of the 20 teachers slated to carry guns as a security measure for sixty days. Another hearing will be held at that time to vote on whether or not the licenses will be reinstated at that point.
This means that for roughly the first two months of the fall semester, no guns will be allowed on campus. Attorney General McDaniel has been highly critical of Clarksville’s plan to train and arm certain teachers to carry guns in the event of a school shooting. Additionally, in an opinion issued last week, he maintained that if the plan did indeed move forward, the names of the teachers would be made public. Superintendent David Hopkins said he was disappointed with the AG’s opinion, citing concerns over personal safety.
Hopkins has asserted that because of a limited budget, the District decided that the low tech route would be the best option, both practically and fiscally.