A Christian school in Arkansas has a warning for would-be attackers: be prepared to meet your Maker if you try to harm their students.
“Staff is armed and trained,” reads a sign posted outside the Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Ark. “Any attempt to harm our children will be met with deadly force.”
School administrator Perry Black told Fox News the “purpose of the sign is to prevent us from ever having to use any kind of force.”
“We have a moral obligation to protect those children in our care and we’re dedicated to doing that with whatever means are necessary,” he said. “I’d rather be in the news for having a sign than having a tragedy.”
Black said the academy began beefing up their security after the Newtown, Conn. massacre. As a result, an undisclosed number of staff members have been trained to defend the school in the event of an incident.
A local sign maker crafted the warning signs posted on the school’s property.
“If you can read, you can succeed,” Black said. “Whatever you choose to do, don’t choose to do it here.”
Parents have praised the school’s security measures.
“We definitely need more like it and more mind sets like they have,” said parent Sharon Brownlee. “This is what keeps our children safe – not gun free zones.”
“It’s very sad to see our public schools not able to defend themselves and we still have a fifteen year old in a public school,” she added. “So I’ve seen it from both sides — and I choose the guns.”
Black said seconds count in a tragedy.
“If we can slow someone down, hinder somebody long enough to get the appropriate authorities here, we own that responsibility,” he said.
He also said the Christian school has a moral responsibility to protect teachers and students.
“We as ministers are shepherds of God’s sheep,” the pastor said. “David is a great example. He took out a lion. He took out a bear and ultimately had to take out a giant.”
“We would prefer to limit our activities to just lovingly caring for people in our care, but occasionally there are those predators outside who would like to harm the little sheep in our care,” he said. “As shepherds, it is our responsibility to provide the protection until we can get the law enforcement here to take care of matters.”