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Arkansas Christian school arms staff with guns

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 01:19

Nov. 6 - Concerned about school shootings such as Sandy Hook and Columbine, an Arkansas Christian academy begins arming staff members with guns. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Classes at this Arkansas school are a lot like classes anywhere with one major exception. Some staff here are armed. Arkansas Christian Academy, just outside Little Rock, is one of a growing number of schools taking safety into their own hands. Pastor Perry Black, Arkansas Christian Academy "We are willing to do what is necessary to slow them down, talk them down, or if we have to, we'll lay them down." Because it is a private school, bans on guns don't apply here. Pastor Perry Black says situations like Sandy Hook prompted the school to take a more pro-active approach to protecting students. They're also giving those who would consider a crime, ample warning. (Street sign reading, "any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force.") Black explained his decision this way. SOUNDBITE: Pastor Perry Black, Arkansas Christian Academy saying: "I am absolutely positive, and I told the legislature, a dead child cannot learn anything." He says members of his security team undergo mental evaluations, and have to be certified at a gun range every three months. SOUNDBITE: Pastor Perry Black, Arkansas Christian Academy saying: "It's not just a bunch of redneck Arkansans, running around firing off weapons." While Oklahoma and Arkansas consider new laws to allow guns on campus, some public schools say they can't afford to wait, and have already looked into getting staff trained as security personnel.

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Arkansas Christian school arms staff with guns

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 01:19