Hutchinson: No mandate needed on armed presence at schools

Hutchinson: No mandate needed on armed presence at schools
Arkansas State Capital (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor says he doesn't think the state needs to require every school have an armed presence on campus and that districts should be able to use state facilities funding for security upgrades.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday accepted 30 recommendations issued by a commission he formed earlier this year to look at improving security in Arkansas schools. Hutchinson formed the Arkansas School Safety Commission in response to the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and staff members dead.

The panel concluded that no campus should be without an armed presence during class or major extracurricular activities. Hutchinson says the decision should be up to districts, and noted that the majority of Arkansas' 235 districts already use trained school resource officers.