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North Carolina's largest school district considers guards

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 22 2013 04:20:27 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 22 2013 04:20:48 AM CST
CARY, N.C -

North Carolina's largest school district is considering putting a security guard in every elementary school.
    
The Wake County school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an $835,000 contract to pay for one unarmed private security guard at each of the district's 105 elementary schools.
    
School board chairman Keith Sutton said administrators are budgeting $2.4 million into the next academic year budget.
    
The additional security comes after a gunman killed 20 children and six employees last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The National Rifle Association has called for an armed guard at every elementary school following the Connecticut shooting.
    
Wake County and most other North Carolina school districts have armed law enforcement officers only at high schools and middle schools.