Arkansas bill seeks armed officers for all schools


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas bill would fund a school resource officer position for every public school in the state.

Democratic Rep. Scott Baltz filed the draft this month requiring Arkansas school districts to have the officers by the 2020-21 year, the Jonesboro Sun reported . School resource officers are armed law enforcement officers assigned to school campuses.

The bill is in response to looming safety questions at public schools in the wake of mass shootings at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas.

"My motivation is keeping kids and teachers safe," he said.

The propo...

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