Arkansas Christian School Arms And Trains Its Staff

A private school in Bryant, Ark. has posted signs notifying people that its staff has been trained and armed, Little Rock television station KARK reported Thursday.

Rev. Perry Black, an administrator at the Arkansas Christian Academy, told KARK that one to seven staff members are armed on any given day. Black, who also has armed security present for his Sunday services, posted signs outside the academy that read “Staff is armed and trained. Any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force,” according to the news station.

“I just felt like with what’s going on in many of the public sectors where there seems to be a lot of shootings we need to take the same stance that we do in church on Sunday for our kids Monday through Friday,” Black told KARK. 

Earlier this month, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel shut down an Arkansas public school’s attempt to train and arm more than 20 teachers and staff with concealed 9mm handguns. McDaniel stated in his legal opinion that “a state board that licenses private security agencies didn’t have the authority to allow districts to employ their teachers and staff as security guards,” according to the Associated Press. It’s unclear whether the Arkansas Christian Academy similarly classifies armed staff members as security guards.

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