Clarksville Superintendent David Hopkins is going to keep his students safe, regardless of what anti-gun Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel opines:
The Clarksville school superintendent said Monday that trained teachers and staff still could be armed when school starts since he has determined that an attorney general’s opinion unfavorable to the program is “erroneous.”
Superintendent David Hopkins said that after consulting over the weekend with the school district’s attorney, he has concluded that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was wrong to say in an advisory opinion last week that school districts are not permitted under state law to act as private entities able to hire private security guards or train their employees to provide armed security.
The district recently spent about $68,000 training about 20 employees to serve as armed security guards. Hopkins said Monday the district is waiting on word from the Arkansas State Police as to whether McDaniel’s opinion means the district has to cancel the program — and that unless the agency indicates that it does, the program will be in place when classes start Aug. 19.
“We’re sitting on go,” he said. “The only thing that’s detracting from this process is the attorney general’s erroneous opinion.”