Ark. Attorney General: Districts Can’t Arm Teachers, Staff

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a legal opinion Thursday stating that a state board that licenses private security agencies didn’t have the authority to allow school districts to employ educators and staff as security personnel.

The announcement came a few days after Clarksville School District announced that it planned to use more than 20 teachers and staff as volunteer security guards armed with concealed 9 mm firearms. In his opinion, McDaniel stated that school districts in the state were seeking licenses under a provision of the law that applies to private security firms and guard companies.

McDaniel noted that districts would still have the ability to contract with private security companies and/or use law enforcement as school resource officers (SROs), the Associated Press reports. He also stated that the Legislature could change the law prohibiting school employees from carrying guns on campus.

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