Asa Hutchinson Talks About School Safety at Meeting of Lieutenant Governors

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press  on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 3:16 pm  

Asa Hutchinson (Photo by University of Arkansas)

Though some lawmakers have said they're interested in changing state law to allow schools to arm employees, they would have to win a lot of support in order to tackle the issue before the 2015 legislative session. The Legislature convenes in February for a session devoted to the state's budget, and it takes a two-thirds vote in both chambers to consider any non-fiscal matters.

Both Coleman and Hobbs said they support allowing schools to arm teachers or other staffers if the schools choose to do that at a local level.

"I think it's really important for teachers and administrators, staff and children to all feel safe and protected," Coleman said. "And I think that happens best and most when faculty and staff adequately trained are adequately armed and able to react instantly."

Ross, meanwhile, is opposed to arming teachers.

"I also support local control where school districts should have the option to place armed, well-trained personnel in schools, so long as they aren't teachers," Ross said in a statement. "We should instead be arming our teachers with better technology and more resources in the classroom and not burdening them with this responsibility."

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