Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Guns in Clarksville schools not an insurance issue, superintendent says

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge WALTHER PPS: To be carried in Clarksville schools by staff.
  • WALTHER PPS: To be carried in Clarksville schools by staff.

WALTHER PPS: To be carried in Clarksville schools by staff.
  • WALTHER PPS: To be carried in Clarksville schools by staff.
An item yesterday about the Clarksville School District's plan to have more than 20 teaches and staff members carry concealed weapons next school year as a security measure prompted a lot of discussion yesterday, including on the topic of insurance.

In Kansas, a major insurance company has said it will not insure schools that allow district employees to carry weapons. It prefers that people with guns be uniformed, qualified law enforcement officers. Clarksville has provided security guard training and additional weapons training for its staff members, but they will be carrying concealed weapons and they will continue normal duties, not work solely on security.

I asked Superintendent David Hopkins about insurance and he sent this repsonse by e-mail:

I have spoke with them and as of now there is not an issue. I don't expect one either.

The insurance is through the Arkansas School Boards Association. But it's only an "error and omissions" policy, not a liability policy. Most districts in Arkansas don't carry liability because there's no legal imperative to do so. As agents of the state, they enjoy tort immunity from lawsuit, as do employees acting in official capacities. If a terrible accident were to occur because of guns on campus, attorneys might attempt to dream up ways to sue, but their likely avenue would have to be the state Claims Commission. Other states don't offer the same degree of legal protection to schools.

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (18)

Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-18 of 18

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Thursday's open line and news video: Also reclaiming local schools

    The open line and Thursday's news in Arkansas.
    • Aug 27, 2015
  • Judge charged in battery case suspended from bench

    Cabot District Judge Joe O'Bryan, arrested last Friday night for an alleged drunken assault on his girlfriend, should be suspended from the bench while his misdemeanor case is pending, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission decided today. The Commission also confirmed an ongoing investigation against another district judge over using criminal defendants for personal work.
    • Aug 27, 2015
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Hutchinson's dilemma same as Beebe's and his GOP affiliation doesn't help

    Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
  • Visionary Arkansans 2015

    They make an impact.
  • Brantley: South toward home

    A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
  • New York Times fails again

    If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.

Most Viewed

  • Ben Carson takes the stage in Little Rock

    Ben Carson is talking to a crowd at the Capitol at the noon hour.
  • Judge charged in battery case suspended from bench

    Cabot District Judge Joe O'Bryan, arrested last Friday night for an alleged drunken assault on his girlfriend, should be suspended from the bench while his misdemeanor case is pending, the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission decided today. The Commission also confirmed an ongoing investigation against another district judge over using criminal defendants for personal work.
  • Buzzing about Miss Gay Arkansas

    The website BuzzFeed has devoted a serious amount of digital acreage to the recent Miss Gay Arkansas pageant, seemingly an oddity in this rural state except that this pageant has a long history and the first Miss Gay America was from Arkansas.
  • Thursday's open line and news video: Also reclaiming local schools

    The open line and Thursday's news in Arkansas.
  • Yes. Let's talk about guns

    The gun lobby has so cowed the American body politic that it has become unacceptable to talk about gun control in the hours after the latest episode of mass gun carnage.But some persist.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2015 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation