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This Arkansas School Is Arming Its Teachers

About 20 teachers and school administrators at Clarksville High School in Arkansas will begin carrying concealed handguns during school hours. Even though the small town of Clarksville only has about 9,200 residents, and the school isn’t known for its violence, the district is paying $50,000 for ammunition and firearm training for participants who volunteer for the initiative. After completing the training, the school employee will then be given a $1,100 stipend to purchase a gun and holster. Though administrators say the program is in place to protect students from shooters who have attacked schools in past, like at Sandy Hook Elementary last year, critics say the new program goes too far. Donna Morey, former president of the Arkansas Education Association, told The New York Daily News, “We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon” …

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