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Arkansas private school: ‘Staff is armed and trained’

In the wake of Arkansas’s decision to prevent school districts from proactively arming their teachers, a private school is taking the exact opposite approach.

The pastor of Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Ark., has decided to advertise the fact that at any time, between one and seven school staff members are carrying guns.

“I just felt like with what’s going on in many of the public sectors where there seems to be a lot of shootings we need to take the same stance that we do in church on Sunday for our kids Monday through Friday,” said Perry Black, pastor of the school, in a statement.

Staff members began receiving training and permits to carry weapons earlier this year, in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Now, a sign outside Christian Academy stands as a warning to any would-be shooter.

“Staff is armed and trained. Any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force,” reads the sign.

Administrators of public schools in Clarksville, Ark., had a similar idea, and began training and arming staff members earlier this summer. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel came out against the plan, however, and a state regulatory agency nixed it entirely last week. (RELATED: Arkansas vetoes school’s plan to arm teachers)

Black’s decision to arm teachers was praised by Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman.

“I admire the school’s administrator, Perry Black, for recognizing that every moment counts when a gun-toting criminal intent on taking innocent lives is on campus,” he said in a statement.

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