Arkansas State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, leader of the legislative committee to arm public school teachers, accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during an “active shooter” training course earlier this year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Hutchinson has been pushing to arm school staff. When he was invited to attend an “active shooter” training simulation put on by the Benton Police Department, he shot a teacher who was confronting a “bad guy” with a rubber bullet.
Even after the incident, Hutchinson said he still believes schools should be able to decide to defend their own students.
“The ideal would be to have a trained resource officer in every school,” Hutchinson said. “The state and school districts can’t afford that.”
Rep. Kim Hammer, who also attended the training course, said: “It was intense, enlightening and when we weren’t being shot, it was fun. I learned how little I knew about school safety.”
A school in Clarksville County, Ark., decided to train and arm 20 staff members to be school security guards.
While schools can employ armed, private security Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a ruling Aug. 1 that Clarksville could not employ staff as such.