Indian River to place guards at all schools

By Associated Press 8:56am, May 14, 2013
The Indian River School District is hiring security officers to patrol all schools and is considering arming them.

The school board voted last week to add the officers at a special meeting.

The News Journal reports that School Board President Charles Bireley says board members hope the officers will be armed, but Superintendent Susan Bunting says research shows they cannot be armed.

Currently, school resource officers, who are armed because they are police force members, are stationed at some of the district's 15 schools. State troopers are stationed at two high schools and a Selbyville officer serves three schools part-time.

The plan calls for adding a school resource officer at G.W. Carver Center, which serves students with discipline problems. The remaining schools will get security officers.

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