Amid growing school safety concerns Gov announces AR School Safety Commission
Wed, 03/07/2018 - 4:28pm News Staff
School safety is an increased concern in Arkansas in the wake of recent events around the nation. Since February 14, 2018 when 17 people were killed during a mass shooting at a Florida high school, police across Arkansas have been investigating several reports of school threats and students found with guns on campuses. To date, at least 18 people have been taken into custody for school threats across the state. Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday, March 1 during a press conference that he had created an Arkansas School Safety Commission to study how to prevent school violence. Notably he also said he opposed gun control measures such as increasing the legal age to buy a firearm to 21. Arkansas’ leading retailer, Walmart recently announced it would be changing the customer age required to purchase a firearm to 21 years old.
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