LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - In a landmark decision from the State Board of Private Security Agencies, the Clarksville School District will be allowed to move forward with its plan to arm teachers in the classroom.
In August, the board voted to suspend the school district's licenses after an opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel stated school districts couldn't be considered private security agencies. McDaniel argued state laws only allow private agencies to be given security licenses.
"Ultimately we felt like we did our due diligence in trying to ensure that before we moved forward that we had checked with all the necessary people to move forward," said Clarksville
"I'm just pleading with you to reinstate our license, let us go ahead with this program. Let's air on the side of caution," added Superintendent Dr. David Hopkins, who prepared more than 20 teachers and staff for a new security guard program this summer.
After four hours of arguments and two separate votes, the board voted 3-2 to reinstate the licenses. An initial vote was reversed after one of the board members showed up late, and was allowed to participate in a second vote.
"Schools ought to bid it out to outside contractors not have employees as security," said Jack Acre, who voted against reinstating the licenses in both votes. "If you're a teacher, you can't teach school and be a security guard. If you're driving a bus, you can't do it."
Wednesday afternoon, CBS affiliate KFSM confirmed Superintendent Hopkins and his staff plan to bring their guns to school next Monday.