Sound Off: Armed guards in school
<b> Does the Lawrence school district employ security guards, and have they considered placing armed guards in schools since the National Rifle Association recommended doing so?</b>
Both the Lawrence school district and the Lawrence Police Department provide security officers at the two high schools in the district. School district spokeswoman Julie Boyle says the district employs six security guards (three at each high school) who are not armed. The district is currently on its winter break and has not yet had an opportunity for formal discussions since the NRA issued its recommendations.
The Police Department provides two School Resource Officers (SROs) at each high school. Capt. Paul Fellers of the department’s Community Services Division says those officers are funded through the regular Police Department Budget as well as the city’s portion of the Special Alcohol Fund. He says when additional law enforcement officers are needed for various events that fall outside the regular school day, the school district hires additional sworn officers as needed. The SROs work with the other Lawrence schools as well. All law enforcement officers are armed during the performance of their assigned duties.