CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KTHV/KFSM) - The Johnson County Sheriff is supporting teachers carrying guns in Clarksville schools.
His office is now teaming up with the school district to put armed staff through law enforcement training, in addition to the firearms training they've already received.
Sheriff Jimmy Dorney said at the end of that training Clarksville teachers and staff, carrying a weapon, will be certified law enforcement officials.
"We're going to rely on these teachers," Dorney said. "If there's a problem, we're going to rely on them to handle the problem and take care of it until we can get there."
Clarksville superintendent David Hopkins said 13 armed faculty and staff have already been trained in firearms. To get staff certified as reserve deputies, they will have to go through an additional 60 hours of training.
The schools are moving ahead with arming their teachers and staff after a state board voted in favor of the act last week.