Armed guards hired to protect schools in Pennsylvania
Carl Cameron reports from Butler
- Duration 3:26
- Date Jan 15, 2013
Carl Cameron reports from Butler
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So -- emotional words and the parents of the 21 -- killed in Newtown Connecticut.
Most speaking for the first time since that tragic day there were more than 21 killed but there were twenty students inside that.
Elementary school killed that day talking about fighting now the parents are tough to end gun violence and deal with mental health issues.
The group calling themselves sandy hook -- It.
This is a promise to turn the conversation.
Things must change this is the time.
This is a promise we make to our precious children.
This is a promise to do everything in our power to be remembered not as the town filled with grief and victims.
But as the place where real change began.
So it's a long way to go to their in Newtown won school district now in neighboring Pennsylvania.
Implementing what they say is real change by taking matters into their own hands.
Carl Cameron is live in Butler, Pennsylvania where their story what's happening there Karl good morning.
Hi bill well the community.
Took steps to sort of accelerate its plan to protect their kids here -- Pennsylvania there's a width 500 school districts in over a hundred of them have either had before the sandy hook massacre.
Or have now implemented some form of armed security in the schools whether it's armed police and -- guards.
Here in Butler.
They had already passed a plan to implement armed guards in the schools retired state troopers -- to pass a very strict qualification course with their firearms.
And because of the sandy -- massacre they accelerated it and it has been quite largely -- well received by the community that was one -- that apparently complained.
But the vast majority have been very very positive about it we talk to the mayor yesterday.
And here's what the democratic mayor of Butler had to say about this implementation.
Of course you know the first reaction is to keep the kids at school safe.
It's and it's sad reality that we need to think about but.
You know there's really no room to leave a door open where there could be a problem.
And sell that as we say there's a tremendous amount of very strict requirements for the state troopers.
There are fourteen schools here in Butler all of them now have.
Armed former state troopers as part of the school community.
And -- you can see as they wander around it looks like any other security guard they treated much like a teacher staffer waving to the kids talking about the day to day life in school.
There's no great emphasis on the fact that there's a firearm.
Blood they argue here.
That is the way for them to do everything possible to protect their kids and ask who wouldn't.
In a broader sense Carl what is the state of armed guards.
Around schools is a lot if it's a lot more prevalent than one might think there's some 101000 school districts across the country.
And thousands already have.
Armed guards or armed police in their schools at some point they're suburban areas where there even many police headquarters hubs in some of these schools or at least very close to the that there's approximately.
And it may well in fact be a growing trend while -- and National Rifle Association was really mocked and ridiculed for the its proposal that.
Armed security in schools would be a good idea no less -- California democratic liberal senator Barbara Boxer.
Last week suggested that it might be a good idea and even proposed the idea to the administration has the kind of thing that they should take a look at.
So we may be seeing a lot more of it and it's already quite more prevalent than many in the country might actually realizing that Karl thank you Carl -- -- Butler, Pennsylvania on that story.