In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Florida high school, a New Jersey board of education voted to place armed cops in its school.
On Feb. 15, the East Brunswick Board of Education voted unanimously to weaponize officers in its 11 public schools. One of the schools was subject to an online threat just a day after the officials voted.
“This is something [that] has been in the works for two and [a] half years,” district’s superintendent Victor Valeski told ABC News.
He said the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School motivated them to hasten the bill’s passing. The district has not yet said how many armed officers they’ll be placing in schools but the district already employs 71 security guards.
“We expect the cost [to be] $430,000 and that’s on top of their budget of $1.7 million for their existing unarmed security officers,” Valeski said.
“The importance of our unarmed force is one of the things I’m proud of,” he added. “The relationships [the security officers] built with students is invaluable.”