School officials to undergo elite training
Aug 2, 2013
An Arkansas district is using a rarely cited state law to train and arm teachers to combat any armed assailants that enter school grounds.
“…more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees in this town … will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. After undergoing 53 hours of training, Dougan and other teachers at the school will be considered guards.”
Members of staff are scheduled to engage in 53 hours of training with the Nighthawk Custom Training Academy, a private enterprise in northwest Arkansas.
“That teacher is going to respond to one thing and one thing alone, and that’s someone is in the building either actively or attempting to kill people,” said Jon Hodoway, director of training for Nighthawk.
David Hopkins, superintendent of schools in Clarksville, told local reporters “We lock the door, and we hide and hope for the best. Well that’s not a plan.”
“We’re not just talking about passing out guns to whoever. We’re putting people through some very rigorous training,” Hopkins added, noting that the program is a response to the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting last December.
Hopkins also noted that the district is funding the program with around $50,000 for ammunition and for use of the exclusive training facilities.
“We’re not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won’t have to have unless something happens. We’ve got these people who are already hired and using them in other areas,” Hopkins said. “Hopefully we’ll never have to use them as a security guard.”
Hopkins also noted that teachers who complete the training will remain anonymous.”They’re not gonna be in a uniform, and they’re not gonna be wagging their gun on their side,” he said.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.