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Gun-Carrying Teachers Becoming More Common in Arkansas

The number of teachers carrying guns in and around schools in the American state of Arkansas is growing.

One of those teachers is Dale Cresswell. He works in the Heber Springs School District, just north of Little Rock, the state’s capital. Cresswell keeps his gun with him at all times: in his classroom, at sporting events and whenever he is at school.

He told VOA, "I see it as…I'm protecting more than one person. I'm protecting all the other students."

Cresswell and other teachers and school officials all had criminal history investigations1 and psychological tests before being permitted to carry a gun at school. Each received about 60 hours of gun training. All teachers must also go through extra training three times a year.

Cresswell said his students tell him they do not even notice his gun anymore.

There does not appear to be a law that prevents teachers from carrying guns in Arkansas. But before 2012, it was rare to see teachers in Arkansas schools with them. Then, in December 2012, a 20-year-old gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the state of Connecticut.

Protecting schools from future shootings has become increasingly important for school officials and lawmakers. After the school shooting early this year in Parkland, Florida, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson asked a committee to study how to prevent future school shootings.

The committee’s report was released earlier this month. It said that individual schools need to make decisions for themselves. But it suggested that "no [school] should ever be without an armed presence when staff and children are attending class or a major extracurricular activity."

A study published by Vice2 News in March found that at least 14 of the 50 American states arm teachers with guns. Another 16 permit local school officials to decide on the issue.

But not everyone agrees that arming teachers helps reduce or prevent gun violence.

Cathy Koehler is president of the Arkansas Education Association. She said, “I think that most thoughtful individuals know that if a person sets out to do harm to themselves or someone else, they're not [going to] stop and think ‘Oh, there might be someone armed.'"

Koehler did not say that teachers should not be armed, however. She noted3 that it can take as long as 20 minutes for police to respond to a situation in some rural areas.

Koehler added, "Our preference is always going to be that the investment is made in the mental health services that are so desperately4 needed and are underfunded."

But most school officials agree that even with all the added security measures, a motivated shooter will find a way to do harm.

I’m Jonathan Evans.

Words in This Story

desperately – adv. very severe or strong

extracurricular – adj. used to describe extra activities such as sports that can be done by the students in a school but that are not part of the regular schedule of classes

motivated – adj. eager to do work and wanting to be successful

psychological – adj. of or relating to the mind

preference – n. a feeling of liking5 or wanting one person or thing more than another person or thing

staff – n. a group of people who work for an organization or business


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1 investigations 02de25420938593f7db7bd4052010b32     
(正式的)调查( investigation的名词复数 ); 侦查; 科学研究; 学术研究
参考例句:
  • His investigations were intensive and thorough but revealed nothing. 他进行了深入彻底的调查,但没有发现什么。
  • He often sent them out to make investigations. 他常常派他们出去作调查。
2 vice NU0zQ     
n.坏事;恶习;[pl.]台钳,老虎钳;adj.副的
参考例句:
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
3 noted 5n4zXc     
adj.著名的,知名的
参考例句:
  • The local hotel is noted for its good table.当地的那家酒店以餐食精美而著称。
  • Jim is noted for arriving late for work.吉姆上班迟到出了名。
4 desperately cu7znp     
adv.极度渴望地,绝望地,孤注一掷地
参考例句:
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
5 liking mpXzQ5     
n.爱好;嗜好;喜欢
参考例句:
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate这个词也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必须承认我不喜欢夸大其词。
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