Lakota board hoping to increase school security

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - This week the Edgewood School District made history becoming only the second district in the state to allow school personnel to carry guns.

A copy of that policy was requested and reviewed by Lakota School Board Member Ray Murray.

"What would work in Edgewood may not work with Lakota with 22 buildings spread out," said Murray.

Lakota parents say they don't want to see administrators with guns.

"I feel more comfortable with officers and not teachers or administrators carrying weapons," said Jenny Orr, who has two children in the district.

"I'd rather have a uniformed officer rather than seeing a principal or teacher with a gun," said Nicholas Gatato, another Lakota parent.

The Lakota School District is planning to add new state of the art security equipment to its buildings and adding more student resource officers.

Murray says he wants an officer in every school. Currently, the district has three student resource officers that rotate between schools.

"A school resource officer is someone who can get in and mix with the kids, threat assessments," said Murray. "Kids can go to them and funnel information, and they're someone who can kind of connect the dots of what's going on."

The district is asking taxpayers to pass a levy in November which would help pay for the advanced security equipment at the schools. Murray says Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia is already working on putting more student resource officers throughout the district.

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