CLARKSVILLE (KFSM)- More than twenty teachers and faculty members will be armed this year as kids head back to school in the Clarksville School District. Teachers began carrying guns last year. Some armed guards and teachers carry guns which they said to protect students from an armed intruder.
“Every campus, we have protected with armed guards,” said Superintendent David Hopkins. James Krohn teaches social studies at the Clarksville Junior High School. “It hasn’t affected the way I teach and it hasn’t affected the way I interact with my students, “said Krohn.
Clarksville teamed up with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to teach the staff on how to carry handguns on school grounds. They went to fifty hours of training in Centerton and then thirty more hours in their own school buildings preparing for different scenarios. According to Krohn,”We all practice with our guns at our own time at least once a month and go out and shoot a certain number of rounds.”
Krohn said everyone who was chosen has a weapons type background. “We have to deal with reality and we have to deal with economic issues,” said Hopkins. “We have to deal with the reality of the dangers that exist in our public schools now.”
Krohn said if an active shooter would come into the building he would run to the gunfire. “I would tell the teacher next door to watch my kids, and I’m going to draw my weapon and I’m going to the sound of the gunfire,” said Krohn.
” We felt like the majority of the community outweighed any of those concerns that we had,” according to Hopkins. ” We tried to do it the best we could in a very responsible manner and we think we have been able to do that.”
Students in Clarksville will head back to school Monday (Aug.18).