Arkansas Matters.com BRYANT, AR – A private school in Bryant is in the national spotlight, commended for its decision to train and arm its school’s staff.
Pastor Black has armed security during Sunday service, but now his school will be seeing the same thing five days a week. He posted some signs in front of the Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant that read, “Staff is armed and trained. Any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force.”
Pastor Black says about 1 to 7 staff members are armed on any given day.
The staff’s been training since the beginning of this year, following the deadly Connecticut school shooting. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel shot down plans to arm staff in Arkansas’ public schools earlier this month.
On Wednesday however, Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman is praising the Bryant school. He released this statement, “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.”
Pastor Black said staff and parents are very excited to be a part of the program that puts the safety of their children number one.