TULSA - Twenty teachers, administrators, and principals of Clarksville, Arkansas High School hoped to carry much more than just a briefcase or book bag to school this year.
They planned to carry concealed weapons, an idea that has sparked debate nationally.
The state's Attorney General, however, has ruled that educators can not legally carry concealed weapons in schools, effectively quashing the district's plan.
Superintendent David Hopkins told the Huffington Post "the plan we've been given in the past is `Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best,'" Superintendent David Hopkins said. But as deadly incidents continued to happen in schools, he explained, the district decided, "That's not a plan."
The NRA thinks the plan is the best bet for safety.
The educators who hoped to carry guns have undergone more than 50 hours of training before taking to the halls and classrooms with loaded weapons.
Still, even in conservative states, the idea of having those weapons inside the walls of a school makes a lot of people nervous.
The district decided to take action after last December's deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.