On celluloid, Steven Seagal has been Under Siege and Hard to Kill, but not everyone is sure that qualifies him to train others in those scenarios.
Seagal has been helping Sheriff Joe Arpaio train a "posse" of 48 volunteers to use guns to protect schools from shootings. They ran through various scenarios and practiced room-to-room searches, with child volunteers role-playing frightened school students.
Opponents of the sheriff have called Seagal's participation "absurd." But the action star claims he's well qualified to train posse members: he's worked with sheriffs in three other states, and he served as a reserve deputy in Louisiana for the reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman.
The plan to send armed posse members to schools has been criticized by parents. And, as a local CBS affiliate discovered last year, some of Arpaio's posse have criminal records "with arrests for assault, drug possession, domestic violence, sex crimes against children, disorderly conduct, impersonating an officer - and the list goes on."
Arpaio said he'll deploy his posse whether schools want it or not. "It doesn't matter whether they like it or don't," he said. "I'm still going to do it. I can't imagine criticism coming when they're given free protection."
Via Reuters and ABC News.