St. Louis County Police Chief Wants to Arm School Officials With Guns
In the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch will visit schools this week to discuss increasing security, including putting guns in elementary schools.
Fitch said he's received numerous calls from area schools concerned about security since Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT, elementary school. He said officers will step up patrols around all elementary schools in the 12 school districts within their service.
Fitch acknowledges most high schools and some middle schools, including those in West St. Louis County, have armed school resource officers.
He points out that Sandy Hook Elementary School conducted threat drills and locked its doors once class started, but that did not stop suspected shooter Adam Lanza from gunning down 20 children and six women Friday.
St. Louis area schools also lock their doors when class starts and conduct threat drills. However, this week, Fitch plans to meet with school officials throughout the county to discuss increasing security at schools even more.
His proposal includes putting guns in the schools, particularly the elementary schools. He said the weapons would remain locked up with trained staff members having access to them in an emergency.
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