University of Arkansas campuses will be gun-free

University of Arkansas campuses will be gun-free

School officials always think about safety. This year, in Arkansas, some are taking it to the next level.
School officials always think about a student's safety.

For the  2013-2014 school year, some campuses in Arkansas are taking it to the next level.

During the 89th Legislature, Act 223 was implemented.

It allowed faculty and staff to have permission to conceal and carry firearms on university and college campuses in the state.

But the decision would have to be made by the school's Board or governing authority.

The University of Arkansas announced they wouldn't take part in it.

"This past may, the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees did pass a resolution which prohibited the carrying of concealed firearms by anyone on all campuses," said University of Arkansas Community College of Hope (and Texarkana) Chancellor Chris Thomason.

The response included both UACCH and UACCT.

"I greatly respect the board's authority and direction," Thomason said.

Some students agree, saying they feel safer knowing their teachers aren't packing the heat.

"They're people too, so you never know, they may flip out and decide to shoot a student or another person," said student Destiny Henderson. "I feel like if you're not an officer you shouldn't be able to (conceal and carry)."

Faculty and staff at UACCH won't be caring firearms this year, but school officials are still working hard to ensure that their campus is a safe one.

There's security camera, 24-hour law enforcement, and electronic messaging on social media and cell phones. There's even a loudspeaker system that would be used in emergencies.

"We're very diligent in our efforts to try and ensure safety of our students but also faculty and staff," said Thomason.

Even new things are being done to make sure it's the safest year yet.

"We now have a security committee made up of a diverse group of faculty, staff, and others that will help us focus on all areas of security on campus," said Thomason.

School officials know anything can happen, at any time.

And at UACCH and UACCT, all faculty and staff will be ready, without firearms, if it does.

The decision made by the University of Arkansas Board of Directors is not permanent.

They will look at the issue again in about a year, and make a new decision at that time.
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