Arkansas Christian Academy posted signs around its campus stating that teachers are armed and that gunmen “will be met with deadly force.”
School Pastor Perry Black posted signs the signs, which read “Staff is armed and trained. Any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force.”
When teachers return to the private school in Bryant, Ark., this fall, they will be packing heat. Black said one to seven staff members will be armed every day.
Black told KARK-TV that he uses armed security when he gives church services and decide to apply the same protection to students.
“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,” Black said.
The school staff began gun training in the beginning of this year in the wake of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
"We have the same law enforcement officers that have helped us through training and helped us through our concealed carry permits,” he said.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel shot down a state plan that would have allowed public school to arm teachers and staff. As a private school, Arkansas Christian Academy does not have to abide by those regulations.
Black acknowledged that the school’s decision goes against McDaniel’s ruling, but said parents were very happy with the new measure.
“We certainly recognize his authority and his right to his opinion and we reserve our right as American citizens and as Christians to protect the children on our campus,” Black said.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman praised the private school.
"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," Coleman said.