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UPPER ST. CLAIR, PA (KDKA) — The Upper St. Clair School Board has voted to arm school police officers in each of the district’s six schools. The Board also authorized increasing the police force from three to six full-time officers.
The vote followed a heated board meeting at the Upper St. Clair High School on Wednesday night.
The article goes on to state the following:
There were mixed opinions on both sides of the issue.
One woman said she was “strongly, strongly opposed to police officers carrying firearms. It’s a horrifying thought to think that I have to attend school in the same building where officers have guns.”
Another parent disagreed, saying, “I don’t think the kids even notice if the police officer has a gun, or if the do notice it, that should give them security, not fear.”
The issue of school safety in the district has been heightened after a recent Instagram post.
The person who sent it to KDKA-TV said the boy, posing with a firearm in the photo, will be entering the seventh grade at the Fort Couch Middle School. They said he has posted other disturbing images and comments.
NEW: Armed police officers will be roaming the halls in Upper St. Clair schools this year.
Decision was made tonight during heated school board meeting.
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— Ralph Iannotti (@IannottiRalph) August 23, 2018
The Upper St. Clair School Board unanimously passed a motion during a lengthy meeting to increase the school police force by three to six full-time officers, along with arming eligible officers https://t.co/Zvt4DEXOpA
— Trista Thurston (@tristathurston) August 23, 2018
— WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) August 23, 2018
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