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A state board is allowing 13 Arkansas school districts to continue using a licensing law to employ teachers, administrators and other staff as armed security guards, despite a warning from the state's top attorney that the licenses are intended for private security companies.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Security Agencies on Wednesday ruled that the schools can continue using the licenses for the next two years, but won't accept any more applications. The panel had suspended the licenses last month after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion that the licensing law was intended for private firms and not public schools.

The panel had initially revoked two of the licenses Wednesday, but reversed itself after voting to keep another district's license intact.

Read more in Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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  • RaylanGivens
    September 11, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

    3.2.1.... comment from goo; bad news for the entire world!

  • finzleft
    September 11, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.

    So the first time that one of those teachers leaves the gun laying around and a student picks it up and hurts either himself or someone else, or the first time that one of those teachers "accidently" discharges a weapon and hits someone. Or the first time that one of the teachers turns out to be not so reliable and harms someone on purpose... Will it be the board, or the school, or the school district that gets sued?
    I guess that'll serve the purpose. There seem to be individuals aiming to end public education, though defunding, controling the lesson plans, and any other methods that they can conceive. Let's just open them up to lawsuits and finish them off.
    The future of Arkansas schools will be simply a manual saying, "Repeat after me, 'you want FRIES with that?'"

  • 000
    September 11, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.

    It will be the teacher, the principal, the board and the district being sued, finz. As far as education quality, I'm thinking this does not apply. Much bigger problems there. Like the quality of the student. Cannot make rocket scientists out of pobuckers. It pisses off the pobuckers and frustrates the teachers when you try.
    Perhaps the threat of a good shooting might motivate the li'l buckers to behave and study...nah, they'd just complain to mommy who will threaten to castrate the school board, just like they do now anyway.

    September 11, 2013 at 2:47 p.m.

    This is the ONLY move that makes sense for providing secure schools against would be perpetrators. Unidentified, trained and licensed, concealed carry staff members that can address any perpetrator that shows up to do harm. Think about it before you snap judge, because most people are inexperienced in the real world!

  • Packman
    September 11, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

    Hey finzleft - It will probably be the same people held liable when a kid breaks his neck playing public school football.......... Sounds like "lock the doors and call the cops" works for ole finzleft. Sadly, it didn't work for those poor innocents at Sandy Hook elementary.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    September 11, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.

    Packman .... You still can not tell us which classroom the shooter will start his rampage in, thus each classroom will have to have a Rambo certified instructer. Thus a degree in education will have to include a NRA Rambo certified course. Might just reduce the number of applicants for teaching degrees, except of course in the old south.

  • GrimReaper
    September 11, 2013 at 9:13 p.m.

    So the first time ole finzleft is faced with some thug who wants to do him in I guess his response will be to just bend over, kiss his butt goodbye, and let him have at it.............

  • FreeSpiritMan
    September 11, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.

    Senator Jeremy Hustchison shot t he good guy in a simulateded school shooting with rubber bullets. This just illistrates what could happen in a real world situation, you think school's insurance premimuns may increase. Packman you ready to pay a little more in taxes to pay for that?

  • 000
    September 12, 2013 at 5:40 p.m.

    BS reminds me of one kind of supply sergeant.
    Some supply sergeants look in the regs until they find where you CAN'T have something.
    Some supply sergeants look in the regs until they find where you CAN have something.
    Guess which one, Bill reminds me of?

  • GrimReaper
    September 12, 2013 at 5:59 p.m.

    Gosh, maybe we could talk the bad guys into using rubber bullets.......yeah, that would solve the, BillSmith?