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Ark. Panel Bars Districts From Arming Teachers

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File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state licensing board has barred two Arkansas school districts from arming teachers, administrators and staff as volunteer security guards.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday revoked the licenses that had been issued to the Clarksville and Lake Hamilton school districts classifying them as private security firms.

The panel last month had suspended the licenses issued to 13 districts, agreeing with an attorney general’s opinion that the schools could not use the licensing law to arm employees.

Clarksville trained more than 20 teachers and staff under the licensing law as armed security guards who would carry concealed handguns on campus.

Lake Hamilton has used the licenses for 20 years to employ a handful of administrators who can access guns that are locked away.

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