Most Local School Districts Aren’t Warming to Idea of Additional Armed Guards in School

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A new state law that would allow armed security guards in schools is not having much impact on local school districts, writes Kevin Tustin for the Delaware County News Network.

The law, known as Act 67, does not mandate armed personnel, but gives the option to have armed security guards and retired police officers.

Garnet Valley swore in a director of safety and security on Aug. 13 and will be the only armed officer in the district.

Officials for William Penn, Southeast Delco and Chichester school districts said they would not be immediately changing their school polices.

“At this time, William Penn School District is not reviewing security policies to include armed officers,” William Penn spokeswoman Pamela Bookman wrote in an email.

In Springfield, police Sgt. Michael Vaughan serves as the district’s security administrator and is the only armed personnel in the district, according to district spokeswoman Melissa Butler.

Arming personnel in Upper Darby School District was a hot button issue last fall when the school board considered adopting a policy to permit armed security. That policy was pulled from the agenda and is expected to be revisited in the fall.

Read more about armed security in Delco schools here.

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