(WASHINGTON TIMES) Teachers and staff at Clarksville High School in Arkansas have undergone 53 hours of intensive weapons training in recent weeks, and they stand ready for school doors to open this fall — locked and loaded, ready to fend off the type of disaster that rocked a Connecticut community in December and left 20 children dead.

“The plan we’ve been given in the past is, ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,’” Superintendent David Hopkins said, in The Associated Press. But school shootings continued to take place around the nation. And in response, the district decided, he said, “That’s not a plan.”

So come fall, at Clarksville, Assistant Principal Cheyne Dougan will be packing a 9 mm handgun, AP reported. And more than 20 other teachers, administrators and school staffers will be similarly armed.

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