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State Board Reverses, Allows 13 School Districts to Keep Private Security Licenses

Wednesday's proceedings were called to hear appeals from Clarksville and Lake Hamilton districts, which were asking that they be allowed to have employees licensed as private security guards so they can carry guns on campus.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Private Security Licensing Board has voted 3-2 to allow 13 school districts to hold private security licenses for the next two years.

The vote Wednesday afternoon was a complete reversal of votes taken on the matter earlier in the day.

In August, the state board suspended registration of school districts with security guard licenses for 60 days.

Wednesday's proceedings were called to hear appeals from the Clarksville and Lake Hamilton districts, which were asking that they be allowed to have employees licensed as private security guards so they can carry guns on campus.

Clarksville School District (CSD) and Lake Hamilton School District (LHSD) are two of 13 districts that were given licenses by the board which designated them as private security firms, and CSD was using the license to train some administrators, teachers and staff to work as volunteer security guards carrying concealed handguns.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel ruled on Aug. 2 that the Clarksville program violates state laws, but CSD Superintendent David Hopkins defended his plan.

Also Wednesday morning, the board voted 3-2 to allow Cutter Morning Star Schools in Garland County to keep private security licenses for two years.

The board also allowed for the 10 other districts to continue their licenses for two years, including: Ft. Smith, Little Rock, Pulaski County Special School District, Nettleton and Westside, Jonesboro, Concord, Lee County, Poyen, Texarkana and Ashdown.
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