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Senator Who Advocates for Arming Teachers Accidentally Shoots Teacher With Rubber Bullet

A state senator who is advocating for arming teachers in the aftermath of Newtown accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during a training course.
 
 
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A state senator who is advocating for arming teachers in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during a training course, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette  reports.

Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) recently participated in “active shooter” training and mistakenly shot a teacher who was confronting a so-called bad guy. The experience gave Hutchinson “some pause” but failed to shake his confidence in the plan.

“The ideal would be to have a trained resource officer in every school,” Hutchinson told the paper. “The state and school districts can’t afford that.”

In July, Arkansas’ Clarksville School District announced that it would “ train and arm 20 staff members who would act as security guards to defend against a gunman” and “applied for a license from the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies to act as a private company with authority to hire private security officers.” Following a legal  squabble, however, a state board is scheduled to decide next month if staff members can in fact act as security guards.

Since the Newtown shooting, schools around the country have moved to  encourage or require teachers (and sometimes  students) to carry firearms.

But serious questions persist about the wisdom of arming teachers.  Even trained police have a track record of mistakenly firing on civilians in standoff situations and in Kansas, a school that armed its teachers was  denied coverage by major insurers, who deemed the armed teachers too great of a risk.

Igor Volsky is a Health Care Researcher/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean’s "Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform."

 
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