The self-proclaimed ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ is joining forces this weekend with action movie star Steven Seagal to train volunteer armed posse members to defend Phoenix-area schools against gunmen.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the controversial plan in the wake of the December Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left 27 people dead, including the gunman and 20 first-graders.

The exercise is planned for Saturday at a closed school site in suburban Fountain Hills outside Phoenix where sheriff’s SWAT members will act as shooters and 25 teenagers will play the part of students during mock scenarios involving up to three gunmen.

Arpaio says other notable people also have joined his more than 3,000-strong volunteer armed posse, including The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno and actor Peter Lupus of TV’s Mission: Impossible.

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